Visual Artists of Welland
Photo from left to right: VAW - Co-Founder and Co-President, Pamela Duncan; Welland Mayor Frank Campion; and VAW Co-Founder and Co-President, Deedee Alexandere. Paintings displayed: "A Place to Dream" by Pamela Duncan and "Closer to Shore" by Deedee Alexandre.

Mission Statement:

To provide networking and professional development opportunities to emerging and established visual artists and to promote and showcase visual arts in the community.


Vision Statement:

The Visual Artists of Welland is a community-based, cultural advocate using visual arts to communicate, connect, and inspire.

Meet the Executive Board

Want to know how to get involved? Speak with one of our Executive Members about joining and supporting the arts in Welland.

The Executive Directors:

Deedee Alexandre

President and Co-Founder

Deedee is an arts advocate and a visual artist native of the Niagara Peninsula. She started painting representational and impressionist abstracts in April 2011. Deedee is the President and a Co-Founder of the Visual Artists of Welland (VAW), a member of the St. Catharines Art Association (SCAA), and the Niagara Pumphouse.

Pamela Duncan

Vice-President and Co-Founder

Pamela is a current member of St. Catharines Art Association and Haldimand Artworks.
Born and raised in Welland, her work is wide and varied in nature. Watercolours, oils, acrylics, pen and ink, pastels, and charcoal are all within the scope of her portfolio. Pamela’s paintings tend to the realistic rather than abstract but she has great admiration for all art forms.

Patricia Haftar


Patricia, Visual Artist of Welland, makes art to satisfy an inner instinct, to communicate with her viewers in a way that supersedes what mere language can describe. The greatest influences on her art have been the Group of Seven, the Impressionists, Mondrian, and Picasso. Patricia’s work stands out because of how she applies colour, texture, movement and pattern. These four elements of design have become the signature of each of her paintings.

Marilyn Nevills

Treasurer and Volunteers/Membership Chair

(Update coming)

The Executive Officers:

Tina Clancy

Website Manager

Tina is an active member of The Fine Arts Society of Milton (FASM); she manages their website and shows her work in their exhibits at the Holcim Gallery in FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton. She manages the website for the St. Catharines Art Association (SCAA), writes their monthly newsletters, and exhibits regularly in their shows. She is a member of the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre where she exhibits year round. Tina also exhibits regularly in Art in the Workplace exhibits at the Atrium@MIP (McMaster Innovation Park) in Hamilton, Ontario.

Claudia Aubertin

Memberships & Volunteers

Claudia is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art, with a Bachelor’s degree in Design, and Sheridan College with a diploma in Applied Photography. She’s always loved toying with the boundaries of photography and art, and combining both mediums to create a unique piece of art.

Tracy Greening

Member at Large

Tracy, Visual Artist living in Welland, Ontario, began decorative painting in 2006 and has since expanded her artistic skills to include fine arts in acrylics, charcoals, pastels, watercolours and mixed media. Tracy has a Business Administration & Computer Support Specialist background. She is currently a member and Website Administrator for the Pelham Art Association (PAA); also a member and Trading Card Coordinator of DAIC (Discovering Arts in Canada).

T Lee Kindy

T Lee Kindy

Event Planner

Available Volunteer Positions


The Marketing Chair will help with posting our events & shows in event calendars such as TorStar (covers Niagara This Week / Welland Tribune / and several others);; Connecting Niagara/Niagara Communications; CNiagara; Cogeco, Coffee News, and others.

Member(s) at Large

Duties  of Member(s) at Large may change as needed to fulfill board requirements and assist in overall goals. The VAW Executives work as a team with a lot of overlapping in positions.

Next Steps...

Contact us for more information about the Visual Artists of Welland and how we can all work together to advance the arts in our community.