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

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 5 | Email: 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.

Photo: Ian Preston Photography

 

Alexa Hainsworth CROPMEMBER SERVICES COORDINATOR: Alexa Hainsworth

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 1 | Email: 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.

 

Vivian OrrCOMMUNICATIONS & PUBLICATIONS COORDINATOR: Vivian Orr

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 3 | Email: 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.

 

Donna PotterBOUTIQUE & ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR: Donna Potter

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 0 | Email: saskcraftcouncil@sasktel.net

My job as Boutique & Administration Coordinator is both challenging and rewarding. 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 myself, but the over 25,000 visitors that are welcomed to our gallery each year.

 

Leslie-SutherlandBOUTIQUE & ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR: Lesley Sutherland

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 0 | Email: saskcraftcouncil@sasktel.net

Lesley brings to SCC a history of working with non-profit organizations in the areas of finance and administration. Her work at SCC  began in 2012 with a short-term contract as Administrative Assistant in the Gallery. In 2013, she took on the role of SCC Accounting Coordinator, responsible for accounts payable & receivable, membership renewals and payroll. Lesley has a deep passion for Fine Craft, an admiration for the Artist, and a strong desire to study and produce her own Fine Craft through her work with fibre.

 

EXHIBITIONS & EDUCATION COORDINATOR: Stephanie Canning

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 2 | Email: 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.

Photo: Emma Love Photography

 

EXHIBITIONS & EDUCATION COORDINATOR: Maia Stark

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 2 | Email: 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.

Photo: Maki Fotos

 

FINANCE MANAGER: Margaret Philips

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 6 | Email: scc.accounting@sasktel.net

 

 

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT: Sydney Luther

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 4 | Email: 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!

Photo: Emma Teed Photography

 

GALLERY ASSISTANT: Candace Chickowski

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 0 | Email: scc.gallery@sasktel.net

Candace graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, with her primary focus on painting and printmaking.  During her studies Candace developed an obsession with illustration and serigraphy and has since dedicated her artistic talents to attending art festivals and expanding her practice commercially. Candace enjoys the lighthearted and humorous side to art which can be seen within her prints. She is passionate about the arts and loves working with and learning from the many talented individuals at the SCC.

 

IMG_2012-150x150GALLERY ASSISTANT: Kaitlyn Frolek

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 0 | Email: 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 as well as 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!

 

GALLERY ASSISTANT: Rachel Broussard

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 0 | Email: scc.gallery@sasktel.net

 

 

 

CAPACITY RESEARCH COORDINATOR: Chris Kizlyk

Ph: 306.850.0513 | Email: scc.artspace@sasktel.net

Chris was born in Saskatoon and has lived in the city for his entire life. He attended the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan and was awarded his Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in finance, in 2016. Chris is currently completing his Master of Science – Finance at the Edwards School of Business and plans to defend his thesis in the summer of 2018. Chris’ research focuses on loan delinquency rates in Credit Unions and traditional financial institutions.

In his free time, Chris manages a financial literacy program ran through his student group Enactus University of Saskatchewan. This program provides the basics of financial literacy, such as budgeting, managing debt, and planning for the future, to a wide variety of different groups. His art interests include playing guitar and piano and attending a variety of performances. Chris also enjoys camping, snowboarding, and reading books.

 

FerronON LEAVE: Ferron Olynyk

Ph: 306.653.3616, ext. 24 | Email: scc.memberservices@sasktel.net

Ferron has a background working with community-based organizations doing public events and outreach. As Member Services Coordinator, Ferron works with our membership on marketing, jurying, and more. Ferron is responsible for the SCC market WinterGreen.