Staff

The staff of the Saskatchewan Craft Council are committed to providing our members with the highest possible level of support and service as, together, we pursue the aims of excellence in Craft in the province.

 

Carmen-2BSCCsmEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Carmen Milenkovic

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 5 |Email: scc.director@sasktel.net

Carmen comes to the Saskatchewan Craft Council with a wealth of experience in both the Arts and the Business communities. She began as a Set Decorator/Art Director in Saskatchewan’s film industry, branching out to include production of documentary and educational programming. During her 25 year tenure with the film and television industry, Carmen served as President of SMPIA, and several positions in the Arts & Culture volunteer sector. She served as chairperson with the CTV Saskatchewan Program Development Fund for 10 years. Her experience includes artist management for Andrea Menard, Project and Event Management with Digital Innovation, and most recently, Vice-President of Operations, Business Development and Marketing for The Travel Gallery, a boutique travel agency in Regina. Carmen brings strong entrepreneurial skills to SCC coupled with a passion for art and culture.

 

Alexa Hainsworth CROPMEMBER SERVICES COORDINATOR: Alexa Hainsworth

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 1 | Email: scc.memberservices@sasktel.net.

Alexa Hainsworth is from Saskatoon and has an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a textile and multi-media artist working in costume, sculpture and installation. Alexa’s artwork is inspired by movement, theatre, natural phenomena and biological processes. When she is not making art, Alexa loves to dancing or relaxing with a cat.

Alexa is very pleased to be supporting with the amazing Craftspeople of Saskatchewan and beyond. She is looking forward to meeting artists and seeing their practices develop in the years to come. Alexa believes strongly that Saskatchewan is the place to be for the Arts.

 

Vivian OrrCOMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICATIONS COORDINATOR: Vivian Orr

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 3 | Email: scc.editor@sasktel.net

Vivian brings many years of design experience to the Communications & Publications Coordinator position. Her background includes work in advertising agencies, graphic design studios and daily newspapers in Montreal, Edmonton and Saskatoon. Some members may know Vivian from the many workshops she has attended: hot glass, fused glass, blacksmithing, welding and ceramics, to name a few.

 

Donna PotterBOUTIQUE & ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR: Donna Potter

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 0 | Email: saskcraftcouncil@sasktel.net

My job as Boutique & Administration Coordinator is both challenging and rewarding. It is a pleasure and a joy to work with a team of dedicated co-workers and a membership of remarkably talented craftspeople. Their unique creations amaze and delight not only myself, but the over 25,000 visitors that are welcomed to our gallery each year.

 

Leslie-SutherlandACTING BOUTIQUE & ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR: Lesley Sutherland

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 0 | Email: saskcraftcouncil@sasktel.net

Lesley brings to SCC a history of working with non-profit organizations in the areas of finance and administration. Her work at SCC  began in 2012 with a short-term contract as Administrative Assistant in the Gallery. In 2013, she took on the role of SCC Accounting Coordinator, responsible for accounts payable & receivable, membership renewals and payroll. Lesley has a deep passion for Fine Craft, an admiration for the Artist, and a strong desire to study and produce her own Fine Craft through her work with fibre.

 

Amanda BosiakEXHIBITIONS & EDUCATION COORDINATOR: Stephanie Canning

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 2 | Email: scc.exhibitions@sasktel.net

Stephanie Canning is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a BFA in studio art. She has been working for the SCC since 2010, starting out as a summer student then moving on to the gallery assistant position. In addition to working at the Craft Council, Steph enjoys printmaking, sculpture, and textiles.

Steph and Maia Stark job share the position of Exhibitions & Education Coordinator. They are responsible for educational programs and exhibitions in the SCC Gallery, as well as all touring shows including Dimensions.

 

Maia-StarkEXHIBITIONS & EDUCATION COORDINATOR: Maia Stark

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 2 | Email: scc.exhibitions@sasktel.net

Maia was the SCC’s Gallery Assistant from 2011 to the end of 2014. Maia and Stephanie Canning job share the position of Exhibitions & Education Coordinator. They are responsible for educational programs and exhibitions in the SCC Gallery, as well as all touring shows including Dimensions.

Maia graduated with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in 2012 and graduated with a Masters of Fine Art in Spring 2015, both from the University of Saskatchewan. Despite focusing on mostly 2D formats at the end of her B.F.A, such as painting, drawing and printmaking, working with the SCC has widened Maia’s perspective and skill-set, encouraging experimentation with felting, embroidery and even some wood work. Looking at, talking about, and writing about art are some of Maia’s favourite things to do; working with the Saskatchewan Craft Council is a rewarding experience.

 

FINANCE MANAGER: Margaret Philips

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 6 | Email: scc.accounting@sasktel.net

 

Sydney LutherCOMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT: Sydney Luther

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 4 | Email: scc.newsletter@sasktel.net

As Communications Assistant, Sydney maintains the SCC’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest), updates the SCC website, compiles both SCC e-newsletters: SaskCreate (for members) and Talking Craft (for the public), and takes on other various tasks around the office.

Sydney completed her Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan in June 2014. Sydney was previously the SCC’s Summer Student in 2011, and was the Gallery Assistant for 3.5 years after that. Although not a craftsperson or artist herself, Sydney loves being involved in the arts community in Saskatchewan!

 

GALLERY ASSISTANT: Candace Chickowski

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 0 | Email: scc.gallery@sasktel.net

Candace graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, with her primary focus on painting and printmaking.  During her studies Candace developed an obsession with illustration and serigraphy and has since dedicated her artistic talents to attending art festivals and expanding her practice commercially. Candace enjoys the lighthearted and humorous side to art which can be seen within her prints. She is passionate about the arts and loves working with and learning from the many talented individuals at the SCC.

 

dawn-and-brianneGALLERY ASSISTANT: Dawn Rogal

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 0 | Email: scc.gallery@sasktel.net

Dawn was born and raised in Saskatoon. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan, she pursued a career in geographic information systems and consulting, stayed home to raise two children, and lived in six different cities in three countries on two continents. Dawn is a sculptural textile artist and her work is influenced by natural history, both real and imagined. She is excited to be working as a Gallery Assistant with SCC and looks forward to meeting local artists.

dawn-and-brianneGALLERY ASSISTANT: Brianne Davis

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 0 | Email: scc.gallery@sasktel.net

A recent graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a BA Honours in Art History, Brianne Davis’s work focuses on the post-production side of art. Her previous research and writing has focused on contemporary Aboriginal artists and writers and contemporary work with a collaborative project creating interpretive essays for the Spring 2016 Gordon Snelgrove Gallery BFA exhibitions. She is looking forward to working at the SCC and learning more about the different techniques and media involved in craft.

 

FerronON LEAVE: Ferron Olynyk

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 24 | Email: scc.memberservices@sasktel.net

Ferron has a background working with community-based organizations doing public events and outreach. As Member Services Coordinator, Ferron works with our membership on marketing, jurying, and more. Ferron is responsible for the three SCC markets; WinterGreen, Saskatchewan Handcraft Festival, and Waterfront Craft Art Festival.

 

IMG_2012-150x150ON LEAVE: Kaitlyn Frolek

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 0 | Email: scc.gallery@sasktel.net

Kaitlyn was raised in Kamloops, B.C. where she was encouraged at a young age to explore the arts by her parents. She graduated from Thompson Rivers University with honors in Fine Arts in 2011. A year later she was granted acceptance to the Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Saskatchewan. Kaitlyn recently graduated from the MFA program, specializing in Painting and Photography. She now calls Saskatoon her home with her husband and brother.

Kaitlyn became a Gallery Assistant at the beginning of 2015 and thoroughly enjoys her position at the gallery as well as building relationships with her fellow co-workers and the members and artists of the SCC. Saskatchewan has been an inspiring place for Kaitlyn and she looks forward to many more years with the Saskatchewan Craft Council!