November 15, 2013
Meet the Glass Art Association of Canada Board of Directors 2013/14
Nine members of the Glass Art Association of Canada (GAAC) were elected by their peers to serve on the Association’s Board of Directors for 2013/14. Each of them are volunteers who serve a minimum one-year term.
The 2013/14 GAAC Board of Directors includes:
Steven has previously served GAAC in many roles from Publicity, Ontario Representative, Vice-President and to now its President. As President, Steven is Chief Executive Officer and presides over all meetings of the Board. He is responsible for managing the affairs of GAAC, ensuring all orders and resolutions are carried into effect.
Steven is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Master of Fine Arts program in glass. His artwork is inspired by the techniques of printmaking, painting, photography, halftone imagery, and text. He uses repetition, overlapping and perspective in order to “trick” the brain into seeing depth in his work, which is largely comprised of kiln cast murrini panels. He currently lives in Wellesley, Ontario – just outside of Waterloo – where he opened his own studio and raises his young family with former GAAC magazine copy editor, Kate Tippin.
Benjamin, or ‘Benji’ is GAAC’s Vice-President. In this capacity, he serves in the role of President when Steven is absent, serves on many subcommittees to assist in planning of any GAAC-related events and tries to learn the ropes for when he will become GAAC’s next President.
Benjamin is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Craft and Design Program and recipient of the 2012 RBC Glass Award. Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., he has recently relocated there after having completed an extended residency in the craft studio of Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Having worked extensively in the mountains, plains, and coastlines across Canada, he looks forward to drawing on their inspiration in his studio on Granville Island.
Marcia has graciously agreed to continue her role as treasurer of GAAC – a role she has held since 2006, although the responsibilities of this role have changed slightly. Marcia now deals with GAAC’s financial statements and government filings. She also serves as the voice of reason in all of our board meetings reminding us of what the organization can and cannot do.
For the past 15 years, Marcia has worked with kiln-fired warm glass, fusing, slumping, and casting. She then paints her work, using 24 kt gold or platinum, and re-fires. Her organic pieces, and the process she undertakes in multiple firings, reflect her background working in clay. A single mom of five, Marcia looks to her glasswork – and also to her garden – for sanity. Marcia’s studio is on Galiano Island “… in the midst of the rainforest and the peaceful solitude of the island …” and she has been the featured artist at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa. She is represented in galleries in Victoria, Vancouver, the Gulf Islands, Calgary, and Edmonton and her work is found within private collections around the world.
Wendy was re-appointed from GAAC’s secretary to bookkeeping to keep track of all of the Associations day to day spending. Wendy is the custodian of the funds and securities and keeps full and accurate account of all assets, liabilities, receipts and disbursements for the Association. If something is happening financially with GAAC, Wendy knows about it.
Wendy has worked as a glass artist and kiln technician for kiln-formed architectural installations for Panache Industries, Edmonton. She creates large-scale panels, many of which are in private residences and commercial spaces throughout Alberta. Wendy has retired from commission work and now concentrates on her own kiln-formed designs, which focus on the manipulation of colour and surface texture.
Robyn serves as GAAC’s Editor-At-Large for the online magazine. Robyn upholds the quality standards of the magazine and compiles the huge mountain of work that is required to produce a magazine that we all can be proud of.
Robyn is a Calgary-based artist with a strong focus in glass. She completed her Master of Fine Arts in Glass at Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, and earned her BFA prior to that at the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2010. Her work explores the intangible, elusive and invisible aspects of human perceptual experience and memory through the use of traditional and experimental glass processes and mixed media
Katrina jumps aboard the magazine team as regional coordinator and as such she compiles contact information for regional-area representatives, collects articles from each region for our online magazine and works to expand communications across the country. She is an extremely important hub within our geographically large organization.
Katrina graduated from Sheridan College in 2004. She then returned to her home province of Alberta where she created blown glass artwork that was grounded in the theme of patterns. In 2010, Katrina began the Information Design program at Mount Royal University. She will graduate with a degree in Communications in 2014, at which point she will rid the world of unnecessary complexities.
Past President; Copy Editor
Jamie shifts from her role as President to that of Past President, and guides us with her mighty voice of reason. As if that wasn’t enough, she has agreed to return to her role of Copy Editor of Contemporary Canadian Glass, GAAC’s online magazine, a role that she left when she became President in 2010.
Jamie is a graduate of the glass program at the Alberta College of Art + Design, where she focused her energies on sculptural and kiln-formed glass of a narrative nature. The themes most evident in her work are cosmopolitanism and communitas. She also enjoys using dark humour to explore the trials and tribulations of her childhood growing up on a prairie farm in the 1970s, where cosmopolitanism was at a low ebb. Jamie lives in Calgary, where she has been a glass craftsman for almost 20 years.
Melody is Secretary and is the custodian of the seal of GAAC. As Secretary, she is GAAC’s clerk, recording all votes and minutes of all proceedings of the Board. She is the one that makes sure that we get things done and she always does it with a smile.
A graduate of Sheridan College’s Crafts and Design program, Melody has been working as a glass artist for more than a decade. Water, wind and song act as recurring themes in her blown glass and flameworked designs. These interpretive reflections stem from her Northern Lake Superior roots. Alongside her desire to create is Melody’s passion for teaching. She is owner of Flo , a glass teaching and rental facility founded in 2011 in the city of Ottawa.
Gilles graduated from Saint-Jean-Port-Joli sculpture school in 1973 in Quebec and has experience making with many different materials; from wood to bronze to glass. He works out of his own studio, just south of Montreal. He is a skilled sand caster that deals with subject matter influenced by tunics, kimonos, armor and shields. Gilles serves as GAAC’s voice of experience and is dedicated to glass in Canada.
For more information about the Glass Art Association of Canada or its Board members, please visit: http://www.glassartcanada.ca/
Prairies: Erinn Logee – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountains: Leah Dupereaux – email@example.com
Westcoast: Larissa Blokhuis – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ontario: Stephanie Baness email@example.com
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Quebec: Nadine Busque – email@example.com
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Managing Editor: Robyn Weatherley
Copy Editor: Jamie Gray
Publisher: Katrina Cheung