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About North Van Arts

Our mandate is to enable emerging and professional artists in all disciplines, bridge cultures and build strong & healthy communities through the arts.

Board of Directors 2020-2021

ALANNA EDWARDS

Alanna Edwards is an artist of Mi’gmaq and settler descent currently living on occupied and unceded Coast Salish territories home to the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ nations. Primarily working in sculpture and video, much of her work responds to how Indigenous people are looked at and consumed through pop culture, politics, and art. She has a BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University, a diploma in Fine Arts from Langara College, and has recently completed her BFA with distinction at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is a language-learner and arts educator, currently working at Surrey Art Gallery and on contract with grunt gallery.


KATE GALICZ

Born and raised in our amazing and diverse community, Kate is a proud north shore resident, who is pleased to be raising her family here. She holds a BA from UBC in history and art history; a Masters in Art History and a graduate diploma in curatorial studies from York University; and a certificate in human resource management from SFU. Kate has a broad-based knowledge of the arts and culture sector, working for Heffel, Canada’s national fine art auction house. She is currently the Director of Heffel Vancouver and the National Co-Director of Consignments; she is a key member of the leadership team. In addition, Kate manages the Human Resources department for Heffel’s growing national team. In 2019 Kate co-chaired the Audain Art Museum Gala.  She currently sits on the gala committee for the Contemporary Art Gallery, securing corporate sponsorship and donations to their auction event. Kate is passionate about arts, culture and community.


MONICA GEWURZ

Born in Lima, Peru, Monica immigrated to Canada in 1976 where she obtained her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. Throughout her career, Monica has worked in the public and private sector in real estate, land development, environmental and tourism issues, and economic development, and treaty negotiations with First Nations in BC and Alberta. She lives in Vancouver and has traveled extensively throughout the world studying different art forms. In 2013 she obtained her Fine Art Certificate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she is currently enrolled in the Advanced Study Certificate program, in painting. As a mixed-media artist, her paintings have been exhibited at numerous galleries in BC’s Lower Mainland and are in private collections internationally. Monica believes strongly in the multidisciplinary and multicultural potential of the arts council to encourage a broad range of people to participate in culturally enriching programmes and activities.


ANNE MARIE LAWRENCE

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Anne-Marie has lived in North Vancouver since 1972. She has been involved in many community organizations such as the North Shore Women’s Centre, United Way Committee for the North Shore, Girl Guides, and the North Vancouver Community Arts Council.  With an avid interest in the arts, Anne-Marie has had a membership with the Vancouver Art Gallery since 1983. Anne-Marie sits on the board of North Shore Heritage Preservation Society because she strongly believes in the value of heritage as an expression of cultural identity and supports the retention of heritage structures, integrating with new construction rather than demolition, to retain as much of the original character of the North Shore as is possible.


DAVID LITTLE

David obtained a law degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and has since practiced business law in Vancouver. Involved with the business and legal community, David has worked on many complex projects such as hospitals and educational institutions. Many projects involve multiple parties with private and public objectives to be reconciled. Raising a family with his wife in North Vancouver, he has enjoyed the programming and events of the NVCAC, notably the art rental programme and the Anonymous Art Show. David is supportive of the organization’s efforts in bringing art to the community in interesting and unexpected ways, creating a feeling that North Vancouver is a real community where people of all ages live, work, create and grow.

EFFAT MIRNIA

Born and raised in Iran, Effat was part of an art-loving family. From childhood, she expressed her feelings and thoughts through her art – painting, writing and poetry became a form of release for her. From a very early age, Effat volunteered with several organizations: she taught underprivileged children working for UNICEF and also taught illiterate women in the villages of Iran. In Iran’s Governor House, she worked with immigrants and refugees to help them lead a successful life in a new country. Effat obtained a Bachelor in Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Design. Since moving to Canada in 1983, she has worked in diverse fields such as interior design and customer service while raising her two daughters. She has fully integrated herself within her community and has volunteered her time with autistic children as well as organizations such as North Vancouver Community Art Council. She is currently volunteering with Immigrant Services Society (ISS of BC) as a facilitator and a member of the advisory committee for refugee and immigrant women who are new to Canada. She also volunteers as a counselor with the North Shore Seniors Peer Support and Hamrahan Iranian Seniors Support. Her creative oil and acrylic paintings vary from landscapes and architecture to portraits and realistic life subjects. Art has not only become a creative outlet for Effat but a true passion in life.


SANDRINE PELISSIER

Sandrine obtained her Masters of Natural Science degree at the University of Rouen, France and has been working as a professional visual artist since she moved to Canada in 1998. She is very involved in the community, as co-founder of the North Shore Arts Crawl and co-founder of a weekly life-drawing group. Furthering her own career as a professional visual artist and instructor, Sandrine has extensive experience in marketing and events planning. She has a keen interest in community art projects that make the North Shore an exciting place to live, with many opportunities to connect the general public with artists.


KATIE RODGERS

Katie is a North Vancouver-based artist and a member of North Van Arts. She can frequently be found exploring the trails near Mt Seymour with her energetic twin boys.

From 2003-2012, Katie was the co-owner of a healthy meal delivery company (with fresh grab-and-go cafes). Since then, she has applied her skills in business development, accounting, strategic planning, and marketing services for organizations operating across several industries (including forestry, property management, modular structures, food services, and First Nations youth training). Katie backs her experience up with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Guelph and a Certified Management Accountants designation.


DON RUTHERFORD

Don is a long time member of the North Shore community – both personally and professionally. He and his wife established their home in Deep Cove in 1985 and went on to raise two boys in the Cove. Now empty nesters we continue to reside in our Deep Cove Cottage and enjoy every minute of living in this unique community.
After graduation from the University of B.C. School of Social Work in 1982, Don worked for several years in the field of adolescent offenders, assessment and treatment planning. In 1988, he joined the North Shore Neighbourhood House as Executive Director, where he remained for almost 25 years. I retired in 2011 to enjoy “a life of leisure” which entails a never ending list of chores, gardening, trying to learn to paint (watercolours), walking the dog, and a wee bit of consulting to a couple of non-profit organizations in the area of labour relations, collective bargaining and public relations.