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Meet The Jurors

Jason Gress

Jason is a Nanaimo based artist who maintains an object based sculptural practice. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (honours with distinction) from the University of Victoria, (2003) and Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan (2005). His artistic practice involves sculptural objects of varying materials from fabric to wood to stone, and range in scale from miniature to large scale public works. His research interests involve many aspects of pop culture, consumer culture, nostalgia, and kitsch, and almost always contains an element of humour. Jason has recently completed two large scale public sculptures, and has exhibited in public galleries and artist run centres across Canada.


Jason has been teaching Visual Art at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo BC, since 2006.

Click here for an interview with Jason Gress about submitting artwork to the Fine Craft Show.


Cam Russell


Cam is a retired college instructor.  He founded the Fine Furniture Program at Camosun College in 1987 and taught the course for the next 30 years.  Since retiring he keeps busy at his studio/workshop, Coventry Woodworks, making furniture, built-ins, wooden automotive trim and the odd sculpture project.

He has curated numerous furniture exhibitions at U-Vic’s Maltwood Museum including: “We Don’t Make Them Like They Used To” in 2004, “Cascadia: Studio-made Furniture from Alaska, BC, Washington, Oregon & California” in 2007 and in 2018, “Making It”, a retrospective collection of work from his students over the past 30 years.

In his first three years on the CVAC board, he has enjoyed helping with the gallery renovations and working with the “hanging crew” on exhibition displays.

Click here for an interview with Cam Russell about submitting artwork to the Fine Craft Show.

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Coreen Zerr

Coreen is a fibre artist and instructor living in Nanaimo BC.  Her work leans towards a realistic voice, and she is constantly experimenting to incorporate reality into her pieces through “thread painting”.  Coreen is a member of several art galleries; fibre art organizations - SAQA, FAN, CQA; and the Federation of Canadian artists.  Over the last 20 years, as a highly regarded fibre artist and mentor, she taught her techniques extensively on Vancouver Island, as well as all across Canada, and judged many shows on Vancouver Island.  Coreen’s pieces are displayed throughout North America, have won numerous major awards, and have been juried into many fibre art shows, including “Best of Country” at the World Competition.  She was chosen to exhibit at the Shelbourne Museum in Vermont, as well as one of 40 Canadian top fibre artists to represent at a show in Paducah, Kentucky.


Many of her pieces are in private collections. Commissioned works include the Anglican Church in Lantzville, BC (5 large landscape pieces), as well as for the Province of BC.  She is currently working on a large commission for the City of Lacombe, Alberta.

Click here for an interview with Coreen Zerr about submitting artwork to the Fine Craft Show.