Goodbyes in 2012 at The Inc
Greg Hayton, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Hamilton Artists Inc, is leaving the board after 3 years. Greg took the lead in helming the nuts-and-bolts development of our new facility on the corner of James St. N and Cannon and his experience and love of architecture, design and art proved invaluable through this complex process. Working with the city, the architect, contractors, staff and the membership Greg has helped create a custom facility designed to embrace the community and adapt to wide variety of exhibitions and activities. On behalf of the entire organization Greg, thank you for your guidance and patience and the countless volunteer hours you dedicated. We will miss you.
Abena Asomaning, Volunteer Coordinator of the Board of Directors for Hamilton Artists Inc., leaves the board after 2 years of service. Abena was instrumental in assisting the gallery in organizing its volunteer schedule and contributed countless hours towards the hosting of opening receptions and Art Crawl evenings. Abena also contributed her graphic design skills to several projects at the Inc. including the curatorial work and promotional design for the first opening of the James St North Gallery in October 2011. Her dedication, creative talent, and kindness will be greatly missed.
Karen Suk, Secretary of the Board of Directors for Hamilton Artists Inc., leaves the board after 3 years of service. Karen was fastidious in disseminating internal communications for the organization. Karen was an invaluable member of the Board who saw the gallery through its transition from a small heritage building at 161 James St North to its current location at the corner of James St North and Cannon. Always willing to assist in the process, her valuable input will be greatly missed. Thank you Karen for your unwavering dedication to the organization.
Goodbye from the Interim Administrative Director, Chris Healey
After several months of assisting The Inc during its transitional time, I once again am focusing on being an enthusiastic volunteer while I engage in other opportunities I have been putting off. It was a great honour and pleasure to work with the amazing staff, members and volunteers who keep Hamilton Artists Inc ticking and I look forward to being involved with the centre for many years to come. It was an exciting opportunity to assist my local artist-run centre with a new website and membership system, and the many challenges that communications, grants, and policy entail. It was most rewarding to work with the artists and meet so many members of the community here, from all levels and perspectives of the arts in Hamilton. There is a lot of passion here and it’s contagious – perhaps this is indeed the best city in Canada for artists right now.
I encourage anybody with an interest in volunteering, from gallery sitting, to fund-raising, to joining the Board of Directors, to get involved as soon as possible – we have only just begun to tap the potential of our new home and there are many spectacular opportunities on the horizon for The Inc.
See you at The Inc! Chris