ADAC Board of Directors 2019/2020

 

Joseph Rumi, President

Joseph Rumi is the President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada (2019 – Present) and member of the Board of Directors (2015 – Present). He is also the Founder and President of Rumi Galleries, based in Oakville, Ontario (2007 – Present).

Joseph has enjoyed a plus-20 year career in the Fine Arts Industry where he has excelled at leadership roles that combined conservation, curatorial and management positions. He is an accomplished specialist in Post-War Canadian, American and British Art, a seasoned gallery owner, and experienced business leader. He has applied his skill and effort to expand Rumi Galleries’ growth throughout Canada with a focus on the galleries’ three core collecting criteria of exceptional quality, condition and provenance. In doing so, Joseph has helped build many important collections and become an advisor to numerous clients in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Joseph takes a keen interest in the development and mentoring of young arts professionals and is known as a motivational leader in the Fine Arts community. He is a great supporter of Fine Arts education at all levels, providing guidance to university applicants and young professionals, as well as talks and tours for public and private educational institutions. He is a member of the Art and Art History Professional Advisory Council for Sheridan College (2014 – Present) and is the former Program Ambassador to Canada for Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

In 2012, Joseph was invited to join the Art Dealers Association of Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Victoria (2005) and a Master’s in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art and the University of Manchester (2007). He is a former Executive member of the Board of Directors of Oakville Galleries (2009-2016) and the Founder and Past Chair of the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital Art Council. Joseph also served on the Town of Oakville’s first ever Public Art Selection Committee and is an advisor to numerous artists and their estates.

 

Deborah Herringer Kiss, Vice President

Deborah Herringer Kiss has her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and has been working in the Calgary visual arts for over 20 years. 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 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 also regular speaker to students at both The Alberta College of Art + Design and the University of Calgary. The Herringer Kiss Gallery has been a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada since 2010. Deborah has volunteered on the ADAC Marketing and Membership committees and became a member of the Board of Directors in 2014.

 

Sharon London Liss, Past President

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.

Sharon has served as the Chair of the Art Committee at Mount Sinai Hospital since 1997. She served on the board of the Koffler Centre for the Arts for several years. 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.  In 2014 she was invited to join the International Women's Forum, recognizing her significant contribution to fine art.

 

Shelli Cassidy-McIntosh, Director 

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Colette Hubner, Director

Colette Hubner is the Director of Wallace Galleries in Calgary and has been involved in the Calgary visual arts scene for more than 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 coordinated fundraising efforts for the Animal Rescue Foundation and volunteered for PEACEAnimals. Colette joined the ADAC Board of Directors in 2015.

 

Jonathan Klinkhoff, Director

Jonathan Klinkhoff is Vice President of Alan Klinkhoff Gallery and Director of the firm's Toronto Gallery. He is the third generation of the Klinkhoff family to serve in the art business. Jonathan's apprenticeship began in early childhood with his father, Alan, and grandparents, Walter and Gertrude Klinkhoff. In 1998 he joined Walter Klinkhoff Gallery, the business founded by his grandfather in 1949. In 2014, he co-founded Alan Klinkhoff Gallery with his father, Alan and brother, Craig. Jonathan has advised many important collectors and served a number of distinguished Canadians. His opinions regarding value, quality and authenticity are regularly solicited by collectors, museums, appraisers and consultants. He has completed CCPERB appraisals for the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Glenbow Museum and others. For 70 years the Klinkhoff family has been transacting important works of art in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. They have worked directly with some of Canada's leading artists and have helped to assemble some of the country's foremost collections. With galleries in Montreal, Toronto along with its website, Alan Klinkhoff Gallery offers its expertise to an international clientele.

 

Taiga Lipson, Treasurer 

Taiga joined the Olga Korper Gallery staff in 2011 with a degree from Carleton University in art history and curatorial studies. As the third generation to enter the business, Taiga was trained to understand and cultivate the ethos of OKG. Taiga curates the exhibitions and art fairs, writes the essays for gallery press and catalogues, manages the gallery website and social media, and gives regular tours and talks inside the gallery and out. In some of her most recent art community roles, Taiga acted as a speaker at the AGO for ALAS “Art, Business and the Law: A Roundtable Discussion for Visual Artists”; a jury member for the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair 2017 and The Artist Project 2019; a panelist for CHANNEL No. 2, “Raised on Art”; a guest-curator at Propeller Gallery, "Live Longer, Piss Off Your Heirs", and episode #6 of The Lucky Few podcast — “Taiga Lipson on the Business of Art”. She is on the committees for Art/TO and MOCA Gala 2018. Taiga is deeply passionate about art literacy, aiming to bridge the often-intimidating gap between art and viewer, to encourage engaging and meaningful experiences with conceptual contemporary art.

 

Mark London, Director

Mark London essentially grew up in Galerie Elca London. Founded in 1960 by former ADAC President Elca London, Mark London has been the director of Galerie Elca London for over 25 years. He joined the ADAC Board of Directors in 2016.

Originally selling Contemporary Canadian art, since the late 1980’s the gallery has specialized in art of the North. Mark is considered one of the leading specialists in Inuit Art. For the last number of years, Mark has been on the ADAC Artist Resale Rights Committee bringing his understanding of the Inuit art market to the table. He has been a crucial part of ADAC’s efforts to educate the Government on this issue.

 

Peter Ohler, Director

Peter Ohler has over thirty years of experience in the Canadian historical art market as a principal with Masters Gallery in Calgary, Alberta. He has a reputation within the dealer and collector community for adhering to the highest ethical standards in working with his clients, and he is trusted for his expertise and integrity. Peter has acquired wide-ranging experience dealing with high-value works of art of historical significance. In 2018, Peter became a private dealer, and is well positioned to advise clients who wish to buy or sell art or take advantage of his long experience providing expert evaluation and advisory services.

 

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