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Summer 2021 Newsletter: President’s Message

Hello,

My fellow ADAC members and welcome to summer. I am sure many of you are preparing for a quieter few months as people head to their cottages and begin to travel again, but as we have all learned with Covid, these regular patterns in our market have shifted. It will be interesting to see if the summer months end up being busier than usual as a result.

It is wonderful to see the progress that is being made with vaccinations as many provinces begin to push past the 60%-70% mark for first doses and are now moving ahead with second doses. This brings renewed hope for lockdowns coming to an end and a busy Fall season. There is still work to be done though, and we will be keeping a close eye on how the vaccine rollout progresses.

Over the spring there have been many significant developments. We are thrilled to welcome three new members, Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto, Kostuik Gallery in Vancouver and Kastel Gallery in Montreal. We are also excited to welcome Sarah Massie, Partner at Nicholas Metivier Gallery, to our Board of Directors. Sarah brings with her a wealth of experience in the Contemporary art sector and we look forward to working with her as we continue to build an even stronger ADAC.

Your association has continued to work hard on future programing. Our committees have been preparing a pop-up/gallery walk option for the Fall season, the communications team is preparing to start a series highlighting ADAC staff, board members, committee members and volunteers so that you can get to know those who are working for you behind the scenes, and our offices are preparing a new webinar series for members and the public that we hope to debut at our AGM in the Fall.

Our Advocacy Committee continues to monitor the Federal Government’s review of the Copyright Act and ADAC has made a submission to the Government seeking to shield our members from the effects of any changes to such legislation.

On a somber note, ADAC lost one of its former members this month with the passing of Peter Ohler Sr. Many members have expressed their fond memories of Peter, the significant impact he had on their careers and on Canadian Art. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Peter Ohler Jr and the entire Ohler family. Rod Green of Master’s Gallery has kindly contributed a section to this newsletter in remembrance of Peter.

As always, if you wish to reach out to us our Executive Director, Emma Roberts, is always happy to hear from you. Emma can be reached at executivedirector@ad-ac.ca

My best to you all,

Joseph Rumi

President

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