Staff

The staff of the Saskatchewan Craft Council are committed to providing our members with the highest possible level of support and service as, together, we pursue the aims of excellence in Craft in the province.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Carmen Milenkovic

306.653.3616, ext. 5 | scc.director@sasktel.net

Carmen comes to the Saskatchewan Craft Council with a wealth of experience in both the Arts and the Business communities. She began as a Set Decorator/Art Director in Saskatchewan’s film industry, branching out to include production of documentary and educational programming. During her 25 year tenure with the film and television industry, Carmen served as President of SMPIA, and several positions in the Arts & Culture volunteer sector. She served as chairperson with the CTV Saskatchewan Program Development Fund for 10 years. Her experience includes artist management for Andrea Menard, Project and Event Management with Digital Innovation, and most recently, Vice-President of Operations, Business Development and Marketing for The Travel Gallery, a boutique travel agency in Regina. Carmen brings strong entrepreneurial skills to SCC coupled with a passion for art and culture.

 

MEMBER SERVICES COORDINATOR: Alexa Hainsworth

306.653.3616, ext. 1 | scc.memberservices@sasktel.net

Alexa Hainsworth is from Saskatoon and has an MFA from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a textile and multi-media artist working in costume, sculpture and installation. Alexa’s artwork is inspired by movement, theatre, natural phenomena and biological processes. When she is not making art, Alexa loves to dancing or relaxing with a cat.

Alexa is very pleased to be supporting with the amazing Craftspeople of Saskatchewan and beyond. She is looking forward to meeting artists and seeing their practices develop in the years to come. Alexa believes strongly that Saskatchewan is the place to be for the Arts.

 

BOUTIQUE & ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR: Donna Potter

306.653.3616, ext. 0 | saskcraftcouncil@sasktel.net

Donna’s position as Boutique & Administration Coordinator is both challenging and rewarding. Donna feels it is a pleasure and a joy to work with a team of dedicated co-workers and a membership of remarkably talented craftspeople. Their unique creations amaze and delight not only Donna, but the over 25,000 visitors that are welcomed to SCC Gallery each year.

 

 

 

BOUTIQUE & ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR: Lesley Sutherland

306.653.3616, ext. 0 | saskcraftcouncil@sasktel.net

Lesley has been working for the SCC since 2012, and has been a Boutique & Administration Coordinator since 2017. In addition to working at the SCC, Lesley teaches yoga classes to adults in their prime of life, from 50 to 80+ years. With a life-long passion for fibre, Lesley is also a knitter, hand-spinner, hand-weaver and felt maker. Being part of the Saskatchewan craft community is both inspiring and rewarding to her.

Donna and Lesley job share the position of Boutique & Administration Coordinator. They are responsible for the day to day operations of the SCC Fine Craft Boutique and many of the behind the scenes administrative tasks of the Council.

 

GALLERY ASSISTANT: Kaitlyn Frolek

306.653.3616, ext. 0 | scc.gallery@sasktel.net

Kaitlyn was raised in Kamloops, B.C. where she was encouraged at a young age to explore the arts by her parents. She graduated from Thompson Rivers University with honors in Fine Arts in 2011. A year later she was granted acceptance to the Master of Fine Arts Program at the University of Saskatchewan. Kaitlyn recently graduated from the MFA program, specializing in Painting and Photography. She now calls Saskatoon her home with her husband and brother.

Kaitlyn became a Gallery Assistant at the beginning of 2015 and thoroughly enjoys her position at the gallery. Kaitlyn enjoys building relationships with her fellow co-workers and the members and artists of the SCC. Saskatchewan has been an inspiring place for Kaitlyn and she looks forward to many more years with the Saskatchewan Craft Council!

 

EXHIBITIONS & EDUCATION COORDINATOR: Stephanie Canning

306.653.3616, ext. 2 | scc.exhibitions@sasktel.net

Steph is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan with a BFA in studio art, with a focus on printmaking and sculpture. Steph has been working for the SCC since 2010, and has been an Exhibitions and Education Coordinator since 2011.  In addition to working at the SCC, Steph enjoys printmaking and textiles.  She creates sewn accessories, home decor, and soft sculptures from colourful cotton fabrics and wool felt. She finds great inspiration in Saskatchewan’s growing craft community.

Steph and Maia job share the position of Exhibitions & Education Coordinator. They are responsible for educational programs and exhibitions in the SCC Gallery, as well as all touring shows including Dimensions.

 

EXHIBITIONS & EDUCATION COORDINATOR: Maia Stark

306.653.3616, ext. 2 | scc.exhibitions@sasktel.net

Maia Stark holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts. Since completing these academic pursuits, Maia has also participated in the CARFAC mentorship program, focusing on ceramics. She considers the appreciation and education on craft she has received working with the SCC as a large contribution to her expanding skill set and growing art practice.

Maia and Stephanie job share the position of Exhibitions & Education Coordinator. They are responsible for educational programs and exhibitions in the SCC Gallery, as well as all touring shows including Dimensions.

 

FINANCE MANAGER: Margaret Philips

306.653.3616, ext. 6 | scc.accounting@sasktel.net

With a background in business management and administration in the non-profit and commercial business sectors, Margaret brings a diverse range of experience to her role as Finance Manager. In the design industry, she served as the executive director of the Saskatchewan Association of Architects for over twelve years.  Actively involved in her community, Margaret has served as the Fundraising Coordinator for the CIBC Run for the Cure, as a long-time volunteer with the Mendel Art Gallery, and currently volunteers with the Professional Women’s Group with Dress for Success in Saskatoon.  With a keen interest in the design profession, she is looking forward to engaging with artists in the fine arts and craft community.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICATIONS COORDINATOR: Vivian Orr

306.653.3616, ext. 3 | scc.editor@sasktel.net

Vivian brings many years of design experience to the Communications & Publications Coordinator position. Her background includes work in advertising agencies, graphic design studios and daily newspapers in Montreal, Edmonton and Saskatoon. Some members may know Vivian from the many workshops she has attended: hot glass, fused glass, blacksmithing, welding and ceramics, to name a few.

 

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT: Sydney Luther

306.653.3616, ext. 4 | scc.newsletter@sasktel.net

As Communications Assistant, Sydney maintains the SCC’s social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest), updates the SCC website, compiles both SCC e-newsletters: SaskCreate (for members) and Talking Craft (for the public), and takes on other various tasks around the office.

Sydney completed her Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan in June 2014. Sydney was previously the SCC’s Summer Student in 2011, and was the Gallery Assistant for 3.5 years after that. Although not a craftsperson or artist herself, Sydney loves being involved in the arts community in Saskatchewan!