Sharon London Liss - President
Sharon London Liss, president of Sharon London Liss Inc., has extensive knowledge in 20th century art, both Canadian and International, as well as Inuit. She studied at Universite de Montreal and McGill University. Following many years in the art world, first at Galerie Elca London in Montreal and later as the director of Hudson's Bay Company Inuit Art Marketing, she completed the following courses: American Society of Appraisers, SE100: Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) in affiliation with New York University, 1998 and the International Society of Appraisers Core Courses in Appraisal Studies, University of Maryland, 1999.
She was an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers, 1999 - 2004.
Sharon has served as the Chair of the Art Committee at Mount Sinai Hospital since 1997. She has sat on the Joint Management Committee of the Koffler Centre and is currently a member of the Group of 51. In 2007, Sharon produced the book Jack Culiner: Collected Works at the request of both Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care and Mount Sinai Hospital. The focus of this was the positive value of art in a health care setting.
Since 1986 Sharon London Liss has worked as a private dealer and appraiser. Her niche in the Canadian art market is art involved in legal issues: bankruptcy, business dissolution, Estate, etc. Sharon has been involved with the collections belonging to Central Guarantee Trust, Christopher Horne, Bank of America (in Canada), Hollinger International, Cineplex Entertainment and Comdisco (Chicago, Illinois) to highlight a few.
Nikola Rukaj - Vice President
Established 1984, Nikola Rukaj Gallery specialises in Modern and Contemporary Art from North America and Europe. The gallery features exhibitions of works from the collection and in partnership with museums and institutions, of critically acclaimed paintings, works on paper, master prints and sculpture. The gallery just celebrated their 30th Anniversary.
Ineke Zigrossi - Treasurer
Ineke Zigrossi, director of Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto, has a business degree from York University and studied art history at Sheridan College in Oakville. Ineke opened Abbozzo Gallery in 1993 in the heart of Downtown Oakville’s business district. In 2013, the gallery moved to its present location in Toronto.
Abbozzo Gallery is devoted exclusively to original works of art, including print making and sculpture and proudly represents over 20 leading Canadian contemporary artists.
Ineke has been a member of the Oakville Arts Council, the Mississauga Arts Council and was a board and committee member of the Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Area for many years. Currently she is an active Rotarian.
Under her leadership, Abbozzo Gallery has been involved in numerous fundraising initiatives with The Oakville Arts Council, The Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and for several other community groups. They gallery also accepts co-op students from local schools and interns from post-secondary institutions. Abbozzo Gallery has been a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada since 1999.
Powell MacDougall - Secretary
Powell MacDougall founded p|m Gallery in 2004, which continues to bring work by emerging and mid-career artists to the international arena through solid programming, exhibition exchanges, and participation in international art fairs. In its first year, the gallery was invited to participate in New Territories at ARCO Madrid, a curated selection of galleries from Canada organized by David Liss, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
Her interest in process-based art has led her to represent a diverse group whose remarkable work in painting, sculpture, photography, performance, video, installation, wall-dependent and new media sets them apart form their contemporaries. This sense of inventiveness often forms the basis of her art fair programming; a strategy that has paid off: the gallery has developed a reputation for pushing the boundaries of conventional art fair offerings.
Jeanette Langmann - Director and Past President
Jeanette Langmann has spent her life in the arts. Daughter of Uno Langmann, a respected authority on art and antiques in the Northwest, Jeanette has acquired over 25 years of experience working in this field. She studied at the University of British Columbia before becoming a second generation art dealer and appraiser in the family business, Uno Langmann Limited.
The Langmann gallery specializes in the finest quality 17th to 19th century European and North American paintings as well as antiques and objets d'art. Jeanette travels worldwide to research and collect fine and decorative arts, and has a particular interest in historical Canadian art from the 19th and early 20th century. The Gallery provides appraisal services to public institutions and private clients, assists in assembling collections and sources artwork for individual clients. Jeanette is an expert on CBC's Canadian Antiques Roadshow and advises in appraisals and acquisitions for countless Canadian organizations. Jeanette has acted as Vice-President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, is on the board of the Canadian Antique Dealers Association of Canada and was President of the former Antique Dealers Association of Western Canada.
Phillip Gevik - Director
Phillip Gevik owns and operates Gallery Phillip, established in 1976 and Gallery Gevik, established in 1997, both presently contained together in the Yorkville area. Through Gallery Phillip he became passionately involved in various aspects of successfully promoting Inuit as well as First Nations Art - his gallery quickly became known for featuring the works of the Woodland School and West Coast artists. Gevik became a frequent traveler to Baffin Island and Nunavut, where he developed a keen appreciation and expertise in Inuit carving, printmaking and drawing. Over the years, he has organized many solo exhibitions, bringing artists from these regions to Toronto. Philip Gevik is considered an expert who has maintained a love for and commitment to the promotion of Canadian Aboriginal.
At Gallery Gevik he became a driving force in contemporary and historical Canadian Art with a mandate to exhibit the best of veteran and emerging Canadian artists in styles ranging from high realism to abstraction. A few featured artists include Rita Letendre, Daphne Odjig, Bob Boyer, Sylvia Lefkovitz and Bertram Brooker as well as members of the Group of Seven, Painters Eleven, Automatistes, and Plasticiens.
Over the years, Gevik has been actively involved in his community and served as a fundraiser for the Hospital for Sick Children Toronto and member of the Chairman's Circle at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He has organized trips to Manitoulin Island exploring several Aboriginal artists cultural origins including those of Daphne Odjig and Angus Trudeau and has been a host of the Annual Cape Dorset Collection for several decades. In 1998, Gevik promoted Aboriginal artists at the First Canadian Indigenous Arts Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona and at the Southwest Museum in Pasadena, California. Gevik is a member of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Friends of Canadian Art and a lifetime member of the National Gallery of Canada. He continues to hold major solo exhibits at Gallery Gevik and has published numerous exhibit catalogues and books.
Émilie Grandmont-Bérubé - Director
Émilie Grandmont Bérubé is the owner and director of Galerie Trois Points. Since 1988, the gallery’s mission is to promote emerging and mid-career artists and figures among the most prominent institutions in the Montreal art scene.
With a genuine passion for the arts and culture, she holds a double degree in French Literature and Art History. She has worked for Galerie Trois Points before taking over the direction in 2009 and is entirely dedicated to its artists and collectors. As the gallery director, she is also actively engaged in the cultural scene: she holds a position on the Board of AGAC (Association des galeries d’art contemporain, based in Montreal), is involved with the Young Associates Committee of Opéra de Montréal and is a member of various juries, while pursuing a Master’s degree in Business.
Deborah Herringer Kiss - Director
Deborah Herringer Kiss has been working in the Calgary visual arts for over 18 years. She received her degree in Art History from the University of Calgary in 1993 where she met some of the artists she represents today. Before opening the Herringer Kiss Gallery, Deborah was active in the visual arts community working for other galleries, volunteering with the Calgary Artwalk Society and the Triangle Gallery of visual arts (now part of Contemporary Calgary) where she was a member of the curatorial committee. Deborah has been instrumental to a number of fundraising initiatives for such organizations as The University of Calgary, The Triangle Gallery of Visual Arts and KOAC (Kiyooka Ohe Art Centre). Deborah’s passion for the visual arts can be seen in the many hours she spends in the gallery talking with people about art and her artists. She is a regular speaker to students at both the Alberta College of Art + Design and the University of Calgary and is known for her generosity of time to artists seeking advice and feedback.
Colette Hubner - Director
Collette Hubner is the Director of Wallace Galleries in Calgary and has been involved in the Calgary visual arts scene for 18+ years. She has served on the Calgary Art Walk Committee and was formerly a board member of the Kiyooka Ohe Arts Centre. In addition to her passion for the arts, Colette also has a love for animals and has volunteered for the Animal Rescue Foundation and PEACEAnimals.
Wallace Galleries has been a member of ADAC since 1999.
Joseph Rumi - Director
Joseph Rumi's passion for fine art was nurtured as a student at the University of Victoria where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and was later accepted by Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, England to pursue a Masters in Art Business. Upon completion of his MA, Joseph was offered a position at Sotheby's Canada in the Client Services Department and became Personal Assistant to Mr. Allan Gotlieb C.C., Chairman of Sotheby's Canada.
In 2007 Joseph left Sotheby's Canada to become the Director of Rumi Galleries in Mississauga. He is a consultant for many important private collections and continues to work closely with art market professionals.
Rumi Galleries became a member of the ADAC in 2012.