ABOUT SYBIL RAMPEN
The founder of Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre is Sybil Salvin Rampen. She was born April 29, 1929 and grew up with United Empire Loyalists. She fondly remembers sitting by a gas lamp and hearing stories about the olden days. Captured by these tales, Sybil has devoted her life to educating and promoting the importance of local heritage.
Her education has spanned the globe. Sybil achieved a B.A. from the University of Toronto in Art and Archaeology and furthered studied in Paris and London. She holds an Art Specialist designation from the Ontario College of Education and thirty-five years of teaching art courses in painting, embroidery, and other media have made Sybil a sought-after mentor for many emerging artists. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally.
Sybil has created fibreart for the University of Ottawa Music Department, Princess Margaret Hospital, The Emmanuel College and copes for St. Thomas Anglican Church, Toronto. She is an accomplished writer with articles in magazines dedicated to fibreart. She has published a variety of books; Pocket Eden, The Grannies, The Milkwood Angel. Recently Sybil has collaborated with Illustrator Tsochy Go publishing seven books of fables, Gog, Pilgrim, Dragon, Please Write, Hearts Delight, Dog and Covid-Tales Dr. Hat and Mrs. Fright.
Sybil has long-standing commitment to maintaining the Heritage of where she has lived for sixty-five years. Her vison of creating Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre became a reality when her Five Sons were grown and flown. Her passion is to conserve the 20,000 year-old valley, heritage buildings and greenspace for future generations.