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New Faces at CARFAC

Canadian Artists’ Representative / le front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) is pleased to announce the election of two new Executive members to its National Board: Gerald Beaulieu as National Representative and Spokesperson, and Nadia Myre as National Vice-Representative, CARCC (Canadian Artists’ Representation Copyright Collective).

CARFAC is the national association of Canada’s professional visual and media artists. We are guided by an active Board, elected by our membership, and the time commitment donated by these artists during their terms constitutes a substantial contribution to CARFAC as a national organization.

At its recent AGM in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the national membership elected Gerald Beaulieu as our National Representative and Spokesperson. Originally from Ontario, Beaulieu now lives in Prince Edward Island, where he is primarily a sculptor and installation artist. His work has been exhibited across the country. Beaulieu has served as Maritimes Representative for CARFAC
National since 2004, and he recently stepped up as Interim National Representative in July 2006 following the death of Mike MacDonald, our former National Representative. He took over this position with grace, action and commitment and proved his potential for leadership. The future looks promising for this rejuvenated board under Beaulieu’s competent leadership. “We believe him to be the best person for this position and he will represent artists and their concerns in the most intelligent and diplomatic manner. Gerald possesses the ability to see the big picture and to formulate solutions in a bipartisan forum”, said nominator Carol Collicutt, president of Fredericton’s Gallery Connexion.

Also in Fredericton, Nadia Myre, our new board member from Quebec, was elected as CARCC Vice-Representative. Born in Montreal and of Anishnabe and Québécois heritage, Myre’s politically engaged conceptual work uses traditional aboriginal mediums such as beading to reclaim or bring attention to loaded symbols in our current and historical culture. As CARCC Vice-Representative and Chair of the CARCC Board, she will represent CARFAC and its copyright collective on national issues related to artists’ copyright. CARFAC National is pleased to welcome her to the board.

Other new appointments came from the provincial affiliates: Bruce Campbell from CARFAC Maritimes (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island), and Margaret Ryall from VANL-CARFAC (Newfoundland and Labrador).

In July, the National Board was also pleased to hire April Britski as Executive Director of CARFAC National. Britski joined the staff of CARFAC National in June, 2005 and has been Interim National Director from November 2005. She has worked as an art educator, curator, and arts administrator in several Canadian museums and galleries, and has served on the board of directors of CARFAC Saskatchewan and Galerie SAW Gallery. Britski has reorganized CARFAC’s national office with fervor and dedication, and provides the board with daily support.

Artists across Canada welcome Gerald Beaulieu, Nadia Myre, Bruce Campbell, Margaret Ryall, and April Britski to these leadership roles in CARFAC National.

Catherine Sinclair, Administrative Officer, CARFAC National

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