Board of Directors
Richard Williams - President
Brian Stern - Treasurer
Red Davis - Secretary
Don Edstrom - Facilities Coordinator
Don Edstrom is a semi-retired, Calgary resident who enjoyed a career in Alberta’s petroleum industry. After his long career ended Edstrom developed an avid interest in paleontology, and subsequently acquired work with a Calgary fossil company restoring and preparing woolly mammoth tusks for museum display. This directly led to the development of a skill set and a practice in carving fine crafted ivory pieces from the materials at hand, honing his skills in order to eventually enter the business market. Edstrom's primary profession is the creation of heirloom jewellery and wild life bas-reliefs from Woolly Mammoth tusk, and maintains a successful, commission-based practice.
Melanie Aikenhead- Fundraising Committee Chair
Krystal Mowat - Fundraising Committee Co-chair
Krystal Mowat, more recently known and showing as FarLee Mowat, is a Calgary-based emerging artist who has an ongoing art practice in sculpture, mixed media, installation, fashion design, performance and creative writing. She holds a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design, which she received in 2008, and has since shown in the local scene in numbers group and collaborative shows.
Chelsa Mossing - Barewalls Coordinator
Chelsa Mossing sleeps, eats, feels jealousy, excretes, loves, feels repulsion, feels anxiety, paints, sweats, gets infections, laughs, lusts, likes teaching, loves children, breaks things, seeks attention, wants a dog, secretly believes in ghosts, makes social faux pas, longs for home, works on relationships, exercises as much as she can, cries, showers regularly, needs more libido, enjoys discourse, swears accidentally in front of children, hopes, is hopeless at guitar, needs to read more, avoids, procrastinates, jokes, takes on too much sometimes, fights with family sometimes, makes sculpture, likes geology, fears death, feels joy, loves nature, flosses, doesn't mind vegemite.
(She also graduated from ACAD in 2009. She is interested in multiple concepts, and secretly wishes to be a scientist. If compared to baking, she is a loaf of banana bread whose oven is experiencing a power-outage.)
Stephen Beernaert - Legal Director
Shanaz Pasha - Darkroom Committee Chair
Shanaz Pasha holds a B.F.A. from the University of Calgary with specialization in Photography, 2004. She is a freelance photographer, producing both commercial and fine art work. Shanaz’s work is primarily focused on themes of North American ‘Urbanscapes’, West Coast Landscapes and the private world of Studio Portraiture.
Melanie Aikenhead - Past President
Melanie Aikenhead is a practicing visual artist working out of the Pith Studios in Calgary, Alberta. She graduated with distinction from the University of Calgary in 2003 obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Studio Arts (Drawing). In 2010, her work was acquired by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. She is currently represented by the Edge Gallery in Canmore, Alberta. Her work can be viewed online at www.melanieaikenhead.com.