ADAC Board of Directors 2016/2017
Sharon London Liss, 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.
Nikola Rukaj, Vice President
Nick Rukaj is the owner and Director of Nikola Rukaj Gallery. Established in 1984, the Nikola Rukaj Gallery has distinguished itself in the international art world with annual attendance to the largest art fairs in the world: Art Miami, Art NY, Art Southampton, Art Chicago and Art Toronto. The gallery’s international focus is also reflected in its collection of works specialising in Modern and Contemporary Art from North America and Europe.
At home, the gallery curates exhibitions from its collection including artworks by Alex Katz, Richard Serra, David Hockney and William Perehudoff. Nick, also devotes time to the local arts community as a member of The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Curators’ Circle and the Art Toronto Opening Night Preview Committee, and contributes to the success of special projects like the Baycrest Brain Project.
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 the 401 Richmond Arts Building in Toronto. The gallery represents primarily Canadian Contemporary artists exhibiting paintings, works on paper and sculpture.
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.
Deborah Herringer Kiss, Secretary
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.
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. Jeanette had been an expert on CBC's Canadian Antiques Roadshow and advises in appraisals and acquisitions for countless Canadian organizations. Jeanette was the President of the Art Dealers Association of Canada from 2010-2014, and is Chair of the Appraisals Committee. She has served on many boards including the Canadian Antique Dealers Association and was President of the former Antique Dealers Association of Western Canada. Jeanette has recently been appointed an SFU Shadbolt Community Scholar.
Philip 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 Indigenous art.
Philip 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.
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.
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.
Joseph Rumi, Director
Joseph Rumi is the President of Rumi Galleries, based in Oakville. His 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.