Saturday, August 29, 2009

There are some important changes at the gallery that I wanted to mention.

After over 6 years of dedicated service, most recently as Gallery Director, Sanaz Mazinani is leaving the gallery to pursue her MFA at Stanford University; a move we meet with mixed emotions. We are very excited for her and immensely proud that she was rewarded with a full scholarship, but she will be sorely missed by us all. In typical fashion, she gave us about 6 months notice, but did not want to make a big deal of her departure. I would like to say that I was very lucky to have her with us for as long as we did, have enjoyed watching her maturation and look forward to seeing her bright future unfold.

Josh Morden is also heading back to school. He has been accepted into the Masters program at OCAD but will be able to continue here on a part time basis. Natalie Spagnol is entering her 4th year with the gallery and has been promoted to Director of Operations, which better describes her key role at the gallery. Alex Holton continues as Preparator, but will also be taking over some registrar duties. Melissa Lavallee, our new Sales Assistant, is a most welcome addition to our team and I look forward to you meeting her soon. This would also be a good time to thank our two wonderful interns, Michelle O’Byrne and Joanna Foster.

In addition to staff changes, the gallery will be expanding into the CAMERA space. After 5 years at this location we have, again, been getting a little tight for space. This renovation will occur in stages over the next year or so, but the first step is to convert the southern section of CAMERA into my office and private meeting area. The bar, space around the fireplace and the theatre will remain the same and we will continue our popular film screenings that are free to the public each Saturday at 3pm. In about a year’s time we will reduce the size of the bar and make improvements to the middle section of both the gallery and CAMERA in order to have additional hanging space.

We have an exciting fall scheduled, with exhibitions of new work by Éliane Excoffier and Bertrand Carriére; lectures by Rosalind Solomon and Jock Sturges; our participation in the Toronto International Art Fair and we will soon announce the 2010 exhibition schedule that opens with a group show called “Oh Canada!”

Best regards, Stephen

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