BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jeanette Langmann - President
Jeanette Langmann has spent her life in the arts. Daughter of Uno Langmann, a respected authority on art and antiques in the Northwest, Jeanette has acquired over 25 years of experience working in this field. She studied at the University of British Columbia before becoming a second generation art dealer and appraiser in the family business, Uno Langmann Limited.
The Langmann gallery specializes in the finest quality 17th to 19th century European and North American paintings as well as antiques and objets d'art. Jeanette travels worldwide to research and collect fine and decorative arts, and has a particular interest in historical Canadian art from the 19th and early 20th century. The Gallery provides appraisal services to public institutions and private clients, assists in assembling collections and sources artwork for individual clients. Jeanette is an expert on CBC's Canadian Antiques Roadshow and advises in appraisals and acquisitions for countless Canadian organizations. Jeanette has acted as Vice-President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, is on the board of the Canadian Antique Dealers Association of Canada and was President of the former Antique Dealers Association of Western Canada.
Powell MacDougall - Vice President, Secretary
Powell MacDougall founded p|m Gallery in 2004, which continues to bring work by emerging and mid-career artists to the international arena through solid programming, exhibition exchanges, and participation in international art fairs. In its first year, the gallery was invited to participate in New Territories at ARCO Madrid – a curated selection of galleries from Canada organized by David Liss, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
Prior to establishing p|m Gallery, Powell gained extensive experience in museums and the commercial art world, where she honed her ability to develop Canadian artists within the international scene, and vice versa. Her position as gallery assistant at the Art Gallery of York University from 1993 to 1997 has given p|m Gallery a unique twist in Canada: “When I was at the AGYU, I had the opportunity to work on large-scale projects by international artists. As a result, my approach to programming is more curatorial than commercial in that my foremost concern is finding the best work and bringing that work to both a local and international audience.”
Her interest in process-based art has led her to represent a diverse group whose remarkable work in painting, sculpture, photography, performance, video, installation, wall-dependent and new media sets them apart form their contemporaries. This sense of inventiveness often forms the basis of her art fair programming – a strategy that has paid off: the gallery has developed a reputation for pushing the boundaries of conventional art fair offerings.
Powell was elected Secretary of the Art Dealers Association of Canada in 2010.
Tien Huang - Treasurer
Tien Huang has lived his life within the visual arts. The son of art dealers, and the artist Paul C. Wong, he is the second-generation to operate Bau-Xi Gallery. Huang began his career at Bau-Xi in 1990 while studying art history and commerce. He became director of the Bau-Xi ten years later and moved from Bau-Xi Vancouver to Bau-Xi Toronto in 2001. Established in 1965, Bau-Xi Gallery is the oldest contemporary gallery in Vancouver and one of Toronto's most established galleries, having been in its current location since 1976. Through the galleries in Vancouver and Toronto, Huang represents some of Canada's most established artists, as well as giving first exhibitions to many of its emerging young talent.
In 2002, Huang expanded on the Bau-Xi Galleries by acquiring the Foster/White Gallery in Seattle. The Foster/White, founded in 1968, is one of the largest and most established galleries in the Northwestern US. With this expansion Huang has made exporting Canadian art a mandate, and access to a larger international market a part of his business. The most recent addition to the Bau-Xi family of galleries is Bau-Xi Photo, a 2400 square foot, multi-level gallery located just steps away from its sister location in Toronto. Developing a space solely devoted to the promotion of fine art photography was an ambition of Huang’s ever since he entered the art world professionally. Since its opening in 2010, Bau-Xi Photo has quickly established itself as one of Canada’s leading commercial photography galleries.
Simon Blais was born in Montréal in June 1956.
After working for ten years as the director of Atelier 68’s two galleries, which specialized in contemporary prints, in 1989 he, along with his wife, Sylvie Cataford, founded Galerie Simon Blais on Clark Street.
In the beginning, the gallery’s focus was on prints and works on paper from Québec and Europe. But Galerie Simon Blais’ vocation quickly evolved, and it turned its concentration to original works on paper and paintings from established and emerging young artists alike.
The gallery has published many exhibition catalogues and monographs accompanying shows of an historical nature, as well as artists’ books, since the mid-1990s. In addition, Simon Blais has contributed to numerous articles on prints and the Québec art market, given lectures on many occasions, and appeared on radio and television programs dealing with the same topics.
In 2002, Galerie Simon Blais vacated its Clark Street location and moved to 5420 Saint-Laurent Boulevard in Montréal’s Mile End neighbourhood, where it continues to operate today.
Galerie Simon Blais represents over twenty contemporary Québec artists, as well as the estates of artists from the province’s modern era, such as Jean McEwen, Marcelle Ferron, Jean Paul Riopelle, Guido Molinari and Edmund Alleyn. The gallery has also provided a showcase for sub-Saharan African art since 2004.
Patricia Feheley is an art dealer and art historian specializing in the field of Canadian Inuit art.
Feheley has an extensive educational and administrative background in the visual arts, coupled with a lifetime of experience with the Inuit and the Canadian Arctic. She is an acknowledged expert in the primary and secondary market for Inuit art.
Feheley is the long-time Director of Feheley Fine Arts, a Toronto commercial art gallery specializing in early and contemporary Inuit art. She has spearheaded the gallery's ongoing program of catalogued exhibitions and has championed emerging Inuit artists such as Annie Pootoogook and Shuvinai Ashoona, both of whom are currently exhibiting in European galleries.
Past President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, Feheley has represented the country's leading artists via the major private and commercial galleries of Canada. In this capacity, Feheley still travels nationally and abroad, participating in industry and governmental events.
Émilie Grandmont Bérubé is the owner and director of Galerie Trois Points. Since 1988, the gallery’s mission is to promote emerging and mid-career artists and figures among the most prominent institutions in the Montreal art scene.
With a genuine passion for the arts and culture, she holds a double degree in French Litterature and Art History. She has worked for Galerie Trois Points before taking over the direction in 2009 and is entirely dedicated to its artists and collectors. As the new gallery director, she is also actively engaged in the cultural scene: she holds a position on the Board of AGAC (Association des galeries d’art contemporain, based in Montreal), is implicated with the Young Associates Comitee of Opéra de Montréal and is a member of various juries, while pursuing a Master’s degree in Business.
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Sharon London Liss
Sharon London Liss, president of Sharon London Liss Inc., has extensive knowledge in 20th century art, both Canadian and International, as well as Inuit. She studied at Universite de Montreal and McGill University. Following many years in the art world, first at Galerie Elca London in Montreal and later as the director of Hudson's Bay Company Inuit Art Marketing, she completed the following courses: American Society of Appraisers, SE100: Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) in affiliation with New York University, 1998 and the International Society of Appraisers Core Courses in Appraisal Studies, University of Maryland, 1999.
She was an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers, 1999 - 2004.
Sharon has served as the Chair of the Art Committee at Mount Sinai Hospital since 1997. She has sat on the Joint Management Committee of the Koffler Centre and is currently a member of the Group of 51. In 2007, Sharon produced the book Jack Culiner: Collected Works at the request of both Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and Mount Sinai Hospital. The focus of this was the positive value of art in a health care setting.
Since 1986 Sharon London Liss has worked as a private dealer and appraiser. Her niche in the Canadian art market is art involved in legal issues: bankruptcy, business dissolution, Estate, etc. Sharon has been involved with the collections belonging to Central Guarantee Trust, Christopher Horne, Bank of America (in Canada), Hollinger International, Cineplex Entertainment and Comdisco (Chicago, Illinois) to highlight a few.
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Mary Sue Rankin
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Christopher Varley was a curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery 1974-77, and the head curator of the Edmonton Art Gallery (now Art Gallery of Alberta) 1979-83. He has organized exhibitions on Aba Bayefsky, Emily Carr, William Cresswell, Edward Curtis, Hans Hofmann, Carl Schaefer, F.H. Varley, and others. While at the Edmonton Art Gallery he organized two important surveys, “The Contemporary Arts Society: Montreal 1939- 1948” and “Winnipeg West: Painting and Sculpture in Western Canada, 1945- 1970”.
Varley has worked as a private dealer in Toronto since 1984, specializing in Canadian modernism. He recently helped to facilitate “The Automatiste Revolution”, the widely acclaimed survey of post-war Montreal abstraction. He has a special interest in Quebec painting, and opinions about everything.
Ineke Zigrossi, director of Abbozzo Gallery in Oakville, has a business degree from York University and studied art history at Sheridan College in Oakville. Ineke opened Abbozzo Gallery in its present location in the heart of Downtown Oakville’s business district. Abbozzo Gallery is devoted exclusively to original works of art, including print making and sculpture and proudly represents over 40 leading contemporary artists from Canada and the United States. She has been a member of the Oakville Arts Council, the Mississauga Arts Council and was a board and committee member of the Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area for many years. Currently she is an active Rotarian.
Under her leadership, Abbozzo Gallery has been involved in numerous fundraising initiatives with The Oakville Arts Council, The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and for several other community groups. They gallery also accepts co-op students from local schools and interns from post-secondary institutions. Abbozzo Gallery has been a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada since 1999.