Melissa-Jo Belcourt Moses (MJ) comes from a rich Métis ancestry and possesses a wealth of cultural skills, acquired from Métis and First Nation Elders and Knowledge Holders throughout northern and central Alberta. Her passion lies in her cultural heritage and as a certified instructor, she has taught decorative arts and creative skills that touch on Indigenous culture, history and traditional art skills. The former Indigenous Artist in Residence for the City of Edmonton, MJ has been recognized by the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence and was awarded the Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta Art Award in 2009.



Shannon Vance is an art instructor and Program Manager for Art Gallery of St. Albert. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with the University of Alberta and currently holds eight “Foundations of Teaching for Learning: certificates through Commonwealth Education Trust.  Shannon teaches outreach and studio art programs to school groups of all ages and strongly believes in the importance of art education and lifelong learning. “Art Gallery of St. Albert art programs are designed to expand on a students current curriculum knowledge of a subject through creative hands-on art making. As professional artist facilitators, we have the ability to support teachers and students by exploring different learning objectives through art, thereby inspiring a new generation of creative thinkers.”

Shannon teaches the Art Gallery of St. Albert outreach, studio clay and multimedia programs whenever the opportunity presents itself!

Stella Kaufman, B.A. (Hons) Fine Art; P.G.C.E., was born and educated in England and has lived and worked in four countries – England, Cyprus, Canada and Uruguay.  Her artwork is included in numerous collections and has been shown in many exhibitions. She has been teaching for the AGSA for fifteen years and is now just subbing in order to devote her time to developing her work as an artist. She and her husband live in Edmonton but winter at their house and studio in La Paloma, Uruguay, a beautiful biosphere on the Atlantic Ocean. Stella’s artwork is available through the AGSA Rental and Sales Gallery.

Stella substitute teaches for the Art Gallery of St. Albert Outreach, studio clay and multimedia programs from September to October and again from May to June.

Marke Henteleff has a long-standing passion for teaching pottery and art, whether to kids, seniors, or special needs clients. She learned the art and craft of pottery by apprenticing with a Winnipeg pottery and hasn’t stopped since. She ran her own pottery studio for a number of years in northern Ontario, teaching studio classes, doing community outreach, as well as production pottery. Since moving to Edmonton in 2011, she has been teaching in local schools, at a community pottery studio in Sherwood Park, and frequently has people in her home studio. Marke teaches for Art Gallery of St. Albert when she is not travelling the globe.

Alison Prsa is an art instructor and Visual Arts Programmer at the Art Gallery of St. Albert. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta along with a certificate in Arts and Cultural Management from MacEwan University. Alison is passionate about art as an experience of play and discoveryShe teaches Art Gallery of St. Albert classes for people of all ages, including school and community groups, at the Gallery, the Visual Arts Studios and out in the community. 

Elene Hartman’s creative inspiration has always come from nature and kids and she learns so much from both. Elene took her first clay class at 6 years old and the experience opened up a world of endless possibilities for her. She was hooked on clay from that moment and is excited to share her knowledge with the next generation of students. Elene is a member of the St. Albert Potters Guild and has been teaching clay programs to kids, youth and adults for over 10 years.




Tessa Stewart is a Métis Artist born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba and has been living and working in Edmonton for the last two years. She is the Visitor Services Coordinator and Indigenous Visual Art Instructor for Art Gallery of St. Albert. Tessa is inspired by nature, utilizing digital images, collage, charcoal and paints. Much of her artwork is focused on animals, plants, and organic materials.




Long-time St. Albert resident Julie Anne Hage has worked as a Potter, Raku Artist and Woodworker since the late 70s. Over many years as a clay instructor with the City of St. Albert and the Art Gallery of St. Albert, Julie has mentored hundreds of students from novice through to accomplished potters. While Julie specializes in corporate gifting, she remains an active member of the St. Albert Potters Guild. Her artistic focus centers on unique and original items created in a variety of mediums. Julie currently instructs Art Gallery of St. Albert pottery wheel-throwing and hand-building classes.



Heather Shepherd is a potter and pottery class instructor from St. Albert, AB. She holds a Diploma in Ceramics from Kootenay Studio Arts, Selkirk College (Nelson, BC), and has spent much of her early adulthood exploring craft mediums. She has been a member of the St. Albert Potters Guild since 2014 and is a passionate pottery instructor with the Art Gallery of St. Albert and Edmonton’s Studio72! Keep in the loop with her current work, pottery classes and studio process by following along on Instagram at @hsceramics. 




Kathy Aldous-Schleindl holds a Bachelor of Design Degree from the Emily Carr University of Art & Design and started her career as a graphic designer working for Penguin Books in Toronto and Fifth House in Calgary. Simultaneous to her design work, Kathy began running art programs in her children’s schools about 18 years ago, and this led to a career teaching art.

For the past 11 years her experience as a professional art instructor has included working at the City of Calgary’s art centres, after-school programs, elementary schools and community centres. She has also facilitated several community art projects and volunteered for eight months at Inner City Arts in Los Angeles. Kathy is a member of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and the Canadian Network for Arts and Learning. In her own practice, she works primarily in acrylics, oils, watercolours and fabric.

Examples of her work can be found at



Ameena Kadri is an artist by day and a mermaid by night, yes you heard right! Creativity has always been a passion of hers, so after attending the NAIT Event Management program and dabbling in designing and planning events for about a year, Ameena reignited her artistic side. Combining her drive for entrepreneurship and her love of Disney princesses, Ameena became the proud owner of the AquaMermaid Swimming School in Edmonton which teaches swimming lessons while wearing mermaid tails!

But one venture was not enough for Ameena, so to further surround herself with things she loves, Ameena turned to the fine arts! She managed and taught art classes at a local art studio.

Her newest venture is photography. Photographing events, lifestyles and portraits are her specialities! Her favourite colour is pink, she has purple hair and you’ll always find her smiling from ear to ear!

Follow her journey on Instagram at @artbyameena_ and @photosbyameena_

Rental and Sales Gallery

Artwork enriches how people experience the world. Add inspiration to your home, office or business with Art Gallery of St. Albert’s Rental & Sales program! Visit the Rental and Sales Gallery section of our website or call 780-460-4310 for more information.

Preschool Picasso

Do you know a pint-sized artist who loves to paint, draw, stamp, cut & paste? Preschool Picasso offers creative art-making experiences for children aged 3-5!