The imagination, focus and memory of many achieve far more together than alone, even when fortunes are scarce. Our purpose is to provide services, resources and opportunities for persons and groups to pursue and create artistic and cultural endeavors, to expose the public to local artistic and cultural expression and to reveal the positive contribution such projects make in your community. We aim to foster partnerships, promote artistic excellence, and provide representation where it is sorely needed.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Jackie immigrated to Canada with her family in 1954. After getting married in 1971 she lived for a while in Fort Churchill, Manitoba before settling down in Smiths Falls, Ontario with her husband where they raised three children together.
Since retirement she has become a full time Visual Artist (mainly watercolours). As well, in her spare time she has become involved with such organizations as Crime Stoppers (Treasurer), Friends of the Library (Secretary), Reverend Norm Johnston Youth Services (Treasurer), Rideau Lakes Artists Association (Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, and on the various Show Committees). Jackie also belongs to the Smiths Falls and District Arts and Culture Council (Treasurer), as well as being a member of the Smiths Falls Horticultural Society, all of which she thoroughly enjoys being involved in. Besides her love of painting she enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Christine and her husband Dave have retired and recently returned to Canada and moved to Smiths Falls from the USA, where they lived for over 22 years. Christine’s background is in systems project management and she loves to “McGiver” solutions.
For the past six years she has been working with kiln-formed glass, using a variety of techniques to create both functional and art pieces.
Christine joined the SFDACC to get involved in the community and help support the arts in Smiths Falls.
Lynda is a semi-retired (she returns on contract) federal public servant, whose passion for the theatre led her to achieve an honours BA in Fine Arts from York University. When she moved to Smiths Falls 14 years ago she became actively involved in the Smiths Falls Community Theatre as a board member and director. She is now Secretary to that board and continues to devote as much time as she is able to the beautiful Station Theatre and it's productions, trying to do her part in making it the place to go in town for a variety of artistic events from music to live theatre. She is also a fervent supporter of all arts, as she believes that they are essential to the well-being of body and spirit.
Leah was born in Carleton Place, Ontario. Art has always been her passion. She studied Graphic Design at Algonquin College, learning about the elements and design of art. She learned Life Drawing at St. Lawrence College and has studied in various painting classes.
Leah has been involve in various organizations with fundraising, setup, media design and design of events. She uses Social Media for her own business and is very literate over several platforms. Leah volunteers with the Church, LAWS and other organizations.
Leah has worked professionally as a visual artist for 11 years. Her work is now seen worldwide and has shows and exhibitions.
Leah has taught art in various mediums offering certificates for 19 years. She finds teaching very rewarding and especially enjoys watching her students’ progression.
Her journey as an artist has been a successful venture.
Sheldon was born in Smiths Falls but was lucky enough to live in several provinces across Canada. The heart of the Rideau Canal has always been a magnet that keeps him rooted in the town he was raised in.
Sheldon started performing with a local improve troop when he was 14 years old. At age 16 he took a chance at a local comedy club during an amateur night. He spent the next 13 years perfecting his craft performing all over Canada.
Since 2015 Sheldon has sat on the Smiths Falls Public Library Board and has help attract visitors to the services it provides to the community. He has been part of the Smiths Falls Zombie Walk, a committee of individuals dedicated to tackling the food insecurity in town, since 2016. He would like to see the Smiths Falls & District Arts & Culture Council have a solid presence in the region.