Chester Lees has over 25 years of experience in the field with an expertise in painting and water color. In addition to being an artist, she is also an educator and motivational speaker. She conducts workshops for the Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, the Telus World of Science Creative Kids Museum and the Glenbow Museum. She has held many art residencies in many Calgary Board of Education and Charter Schools.
She continues to offer residencies in which a wide range of media are used for teaching core curriculum subjects. She has an established arts education program teaching all subjects through painting, graphic arts and other mediums. She has led team building workshops through the Epcor Centre, and for seven years, led art retreats at the King’s Fold Retreat Centre in Cochrane. These workshops energize the team and enable them to return to their workplace able to think more expansively and collaboratively together.
Chester Lees has held numerous exhibitions in Britain, Hong Kong, Germany and Canada, including a solo show at the Medicine Hat Museum and Art Gallery. More recently, she has completed large murals at Grant McEwan, Glenbrook; Riverbend, Belfast; and Hawkwood Elementary schools. Her work is included in the collections of many institutions, including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canadian Defense Research Establishment at Suffield, the Bank of America in Hong Kong, and in private collections around the world.
She credits hard work, talent, the ability to help children who do not fall into the standard teaching methods as the keys to her success. She has always loved the arts and it became a passion for her while she was still in high school. She expects continued expansion and growth as a painter, with international exhibitions. Chester Lees is a member of the Alberta Society of the Artists, and the Calgary Arts Partnership in Education Society since 1997. She won the Woman of Vision Global Television Award for the Woman of Vision in the Arts Sector, and was the Young Female Co-Director Nominee for the Mayor's Award for Arts and Business. She does charity work for the Epcor Centre and Foothills Hospital.