ADAC Board of Directors 2018/2019

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.

 

Joseph Rumi, Vice President

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Peter Ohler, Director

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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, Director

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.

 

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