Staff and Board
Executive Director – Julia Prudhomme
Education Coordinator – Natasha Smith
Research Assistant – Megan K.H. Quigley
Secretary – Carol Wallace
Treasurer – Marilyn Lee
Youth Chair – Gabby Asbell
Director – Samonte Cruz
Director – Alison Talbot-Kelly
Director – Chelsey Freyta
Director – Suzanne Simoni
Director – Laurel Terlesky
Julia Prudhomme is a curator and an artist who lives and works on the tum xula7xw of the sn̓ʕay̓ckstx otherwise known as Winlaw/Nelson, B.C. She is developing a feminist curatorial practice that focuses upon artistic process, experimentation, and radical care within (and against) institutions. In addition to curatorial projects Julia holds a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at UBC (2013). Her artistic practice is often collaborative, working in video and installation, zines and mixtapes, and has presented this work across Canada, United States, and Europe. Julia has contributed to public art galleries and artist-run centres in numerous capacities for over ten years and continues this work as a doctoral candidate at McMaster University (PhD-c ABD, 2017-present) and Executive Director at Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson, BC (2019-present).
Natasha Smith holds a BA Hons. in Fine Art Printmaking and has been a practicing visual artist for over 20 years. Natasha’s personal and physical environment inspires her most recent semi-abstract works, which combine printmaking, collage, painting and assemblage. She is a self-defined teaching artist and has taught at KSA (Kootenay Studio Arts at Selkirk College), Oxygen Art Centre, Red Deer College, Metchosin International School of the Arts, and Malaspina Printmaking Studio. Natasha works from her studio in beautiful Krestova, BC. and is the Education Coordinator at Oxygen Art Centre. http://natashasmithart.com/
Megan K. Quigley is an MA student in the Art History department at Concordia University, working and learning as a guest in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She is a settler of mixed Irish and Filipina descent, raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She holds a BA in Gender Studies and English Literature from The University of Victoria and a BFA in Art History and Studio Art from Concordia University. Megan’s research and curatorial practices are concerned with decolonial methodologies, critical geographies, hospitality, and land-based research approaches. Her current research considers the queer dimensions of public food gardens.
Board of Directors (2022-2023)
Carol Wallace is a visual artist living on unceded Sinixt Territory, also known as Nelson BC. Her art practice consists of drawing, painting, textile and sculptural installation focused on geological phenomena. Carol holds a degree in Geology from the University of Calgary (’92) and worked as a geologist for 20 years, locally and in northern BC, Yukon Territory. For the past 8 years Carol has worked exclusively as a professional artist in her studio located in the beloved Brewery Building in uphill Nelson. This will be Carol’s fourth year as secretary on the Oxygen Board. web: carolwallaceart.com insta: @carolwallacestudio
As a graduate of the Alberta College of Art and Design with a major in Textiles, Marilyn Lee has taught at the Kootenay School of the Arts @ Selkirk College in the Textiles department since 1999. In 2006 Marilyn received a British Columbia Achievement Award for her work in textiles. Her work has also been featured in many publications including Canadian Living, Vancouver Sun, the Globe & Mail, Style at Home, and Canadian House.
Samonte Cruz is a Filipinx metalsmith, artist, and educator with over 17 years of community organizing experience. Samonte makes custom, one- of-a-kind jewelry, while running their own online shop. Samonte also offers beginner jewelry courses at Kootenay Studio Arts, Selkirk College and works as an apprentice to award-winning master goldsmith, Paul Durkin at Lauener Brother’s Jewellers in Trail, BC. In their spare time, Samonte enjoys playing music & spending time with their pup. For more information about the artist visit www.samontecruzstudios.com or find them on Facebook and Instagram: @samontecruzstudios.
Gabby Asbell is a local highschool student and aspiring artist. Gabby is looking to pursue a career in filmmaking, and is very grateful to be a part of Nelson’s thriving art community through local theatre, choir, film and organizations like Oxygen. Recently she has been working on her portfolio through photography work at Tiny Lights, videography for social media and her own creative writing. Community is very important to her, especially in the arts, and her goal is to better the connections between young creatives and seasoned artists in the area.
Alison Talbot-Kelly: I love learning and being moved and challenged by art continues to feed and stretch me. I am an educator currently working in employment services and programs. My work in Restorative Justice and Hospice fuels me and my desire to help build healthy communities.
A graduate of OCADU in Sculpture and Installation, Suzanne Simoni is an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, multimedia and public art. The winner of two public art competitions, her works are in collections including Labatt Brewing Canada and First Capital REIT. Simoni has participated in Artscape Gibraltar (Toronto Island) and The Bentway residencies, and created a multimedia installation at Nuit Blanche (Toronto). Navigating the landscape of being in relation to our communities, Simoni explores the notion of interconnectedness within social and biological ecosystems, expressing interdependence and resilience in a fragile world. www.suzannesimoni.com Insta @suzannesimoni
Laurel Terlesky is an interdisciplinary Canadian artist. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in International Creative Practice from Transart Institute (New York / Berlin), accredited by Plymouth University (UK). Her works have been experienced internationally on-screen — television, large-scale projection, the internet — and in exhibitions. Terlesky’s work examines the use of technology to communicate and for building relationships. She explores what is often left out: tacit recognition and implicit awareness through a physical encounter: visual, touched and sensed. Website: laurelterlesky.ca Instagram: twirlingsky