OV-CAOS Ottawa Valley Community Arts

Our Team

Photo of Andy Trull sitting against a tree.

Andy Trull, Artistic Co-director

Andy Trull is Co-Artistic Director of Ottawa Valley Community Arts, leading community engaged arts projects with over 100 participating artists and reaching thousands of community members. For the last 25 years he has worked at the intersection of community engaged arts, ecology and social change. He has a M.A. in Human Systems Intervention and a PhD from Concordia University in the philosophy and poetics of participation. His artistic practice combines poetry, woodwork, and land-based arts.

Photo of Anya on a background of books.
Anya Gansterer, Artistic Co-director

Anya is a curator, arts advocate, maker and promoter of rural cultural and economic development in the Ottawa Valley.

Anya is adept at identifying community needs and finding innovative ways to address them. She has over 25 years of experience managing large- and small-scale projects involving multiple partners and specializes in understanding the challenges and opportunities of working in arts and culture in rural communities. She has curated more than a hundred art exhibitions, including working with solo artists, collaborations, groups, traveling exhibits and open community exhibitions. In her position as Co-artistic director for Ottawa Valley Community Arts she enjoys the versatility of arts administration, dreaming of new ways to engage people in artmaking, curating exhibitions, facilitating workshops, hosting events and whenever possible joining in to make art with other people. Anya lives near Killaloe, Ontario, with her family where they enjoy the best of rural living.

Photo of Claire Mahaffy sitting against a chair.Claire Mahaffy, Admin & Communications

Claire Mahaffy is the admin and communications support for Ottawa Valley Community Arts. With 10 years experience in programming planning and administration for nonprofits and small businesses Claire is motivated by removing barriers and finding ways to bring people together. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Art, from OCAD University Claire went on to work for two Canadian magazines, PhotoEd Magazine, and Paddling Magazine. Claire currently lives and works in Eganville.

Maureen MacMillan wearing a winter hat and scarf.Maureen MacMillan, Social Media & Photography

Maureen MacMillan is a professional photographer who lives and works in the Ottawa Valley. She has been professionally photographing people in the Ottawa Valley region for the past 8 years, and has recently ventured into the world of photography as an art form. In 2021 Maureen completed the “Honouring Seniors – Creative Photography project” where she created artful portraits of over 50 seniors. The exhibit focused on elevating the status of seniors in our communities by challenging stereotypes. The collection was exhibited in the Pop Up Art – Ottawa Valley Galleries from 2021 to 2022.

Her company Madawaska Media is a one stop shop for branding, photography, websites and social media support. Here she offers services and learning for businesses and people across the Ottawa Valley. Maureen’s goal is to empower business owners and brands to learn, and support them wherever necessary to help them be as successful as possible in this ever changing online landscape.


Board Of Directors
Frank Tettemer, Chair
Mary Hellingman, Secretary
Tavia Charlton, Treasurer
Bev Ritza, Director
Nicole Zummach, Director
MJ Lévesque, Director