ALAN BELL (PRESIDENT)
After obtaining degrees in Art History and Architecture, Alan Bell spent most of his professional career as a project planner/manager with Arthur Erickson, with a special focus on the early stages of large overseas projects. He was immersed in Vancouver’s visual arts community from an early age through his mother, who was instrumental in the Vancouver Art Gallery Shop and BC Society of Artists, and father, noted printmaker Alistair Bell who had several exhibitions at the Seymour Art Gallery. Alan and his wife have lived in a self-designed Deep Cove “cliff-hanger” since 1975.
SANDE WATERS (VICE PRESIDENT)
Sande Waters lives and works in Deep Cove. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art from Emily Carr University, 2006 and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, 2009. Her paintings, drawings and photographs have been shown in Vancouver and San Francisco.
Svetlana Bardos’ original background is in restoration of historical structures in Europe and she holds an MS degree in Civil Engineering. She has always been passionate about visual arts and literature, and her primary interest is textile art. She collaborated with and designed costumes for various theatre groups for a period of about 15 years. After the completion of the Textile Art Program at Capilano University, she got deeply interested in puppet design, fabric design and creating one-of-a kind pieces of clothing. She enjoys experimenting with unusual materials and combines them with hand printed materials and found objects. Since the inception of the North Shore Theatre for Children in 2004 (Svetlana is one of the founders), she has been designing and creating puppets and costumes for all of the productions as well as writing lyrics and short poems. She loves the ambiance of Deep Cove and feels thrilled to be a part of the Seymour Art Gallery team.
Erian Baxter is a co-owner of Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak and Deep Cove Outdoors, with Bob Putnam and Ingrid Baxter. She lives in Deep Cove with her artist husband, Kevin Dubois and their three kids, who are also creative in many ways. Prior to being in the kayaking industry, Erian founded and ran The Block Clothing Store and Cappuccino bar on Cordova Street in Vancouver for 15 years, from 1984-1999, and is proud that The Block is still there now and has been for over 30 years. Erian’s upbringing immersed her in the art world from the beginning – her parents Ingrid and Iain Baxter collaborated on the conceptual art project, N.E. Thing Co from 1966 -1978 – so Erian has been hanging around art galleries from her early days.
Tom Corbeth has a strong global background in corporate branding and top level international sponsorship, primarily with VISA Europe and VISA Inc., for the 2004 through 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Summer & Winter Games. For Vancouver 2010, he successfully introduced a VISA-led third year design course at Emily Carr University of Arts & Design. More recently, his focus has moved to lifestyle fusion and bespoke destination marketing, including initiatives which engage communities and build on local resources and legacy. Tom’s recent involvements include consulting for the Len Lye Centre / Govett Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand, and leading efforts to realise the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance) concept in Canada. Tom fell in love with the natural environment and community of Deep Cove upon his arrival in Canada, and has lived there since 2008.
Besire Culhaoglu is an environmental engineer with experience in environmental site assessment and remediation, environmental management planning, training and leadership. She has been employed in the environmental profession for over 16 years, and has worked at various environmental consulting firms in Metro Vancouver for the past 10 years. Besire has a Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Stirling in the UK, specializing in Coastal Zone Management. She has an additional Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the M.E. Technical University in Turkey, specializing in Hazardous Waste Disposal. Besire also has a Professional Communications Certificate from Capilano University. She is currently pursuing her Articling Agrologist designation with the BC Institute of Agrologists.
Jodi Heinhorst, BS (U of Illinois, Textiles/Marketing). Jodi is a jewellery artist with a career background in publishing sales and marketing, acquisitions, and editorial.
David Hudson hails from Leeds, England where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG before emigrating to Canada, he has worked in public practice with Ernst & Young and Deloitte’s in Vancouver before branching out on his own. David has run his own chartered accounting practice in Deep Cove since 1992. He acted as treasurer for Parkgate Community Services Society for 6 years from 2004.
After attending art school, Diane Zylka worked in a number of creative fields, including retail window and in store display, followed by 6 years of designing and hand painting signs and boats. She began picture framing in the mid 80’s while working in a small art gallery. Diane is the owner and operator of Zylka Fine Framing, a North Vancouver custom picture framing studio that she started in 2011. She plans to devote more time to explore her own art practice. Diane lives in North Vancouver with 2 of her 3 grown children.