Meet the Gallery Associates
The Gallery Associates are AGGV members who raise funds for the Gallery. They are a diverse volunteer group of women and men who have supported the Gallery for more than 65 years. Celebrating and fostering interest in the Gallery is at the heart of their activities.
Since its original inception as The Women’s Committee in 1952 (when the Spencer Mansion was donated to the Art Centre), the Gallery Associates have organized a variety of fundraising activities. Under the umbrella of the AGGV, the Gallery Associates provide educational and social programs, conduct art-related activities on and off site including regional, national and international art tours.
The Gallery Associates have raised funds to purchase art, to renovate and refurbish the Gallery, to sponsor major art exhibitions, to support The NEXT Gallery and Public Open Houses.
Gallery members are always welcome as new Gallery Associates.
Celebrate the Arts Together
Becoming a Gallery Associate puts you in contact with other art lovers who are part of a volunteering opportunity that is stimulating and enjoyable. Membership provides a rich and fulfilling experience, as well as opportunities for intellectual and personal enrichment and community development.
Fostering public awareness of and interest in the Gallery are not only rewarding for members but also benefit the Gallery. Members enjoy the chance to work on behalf of the Gallery and with Gallery staff to promote the many programs and exhibitions offered by the Gallery.
You will know that you make a difference through committee work and voluntary service which directly benefit the AGGV and the public. And you will have the pleasure of shared activities and opportunity for friendship.
Priority to purchase tickets for select special activities organized by the Gallery Associates is also a membership benefit.
Gallery Associates enjoy meeting at the Gallery on the 2nd Friday of the month at 10am. Sharing ideas, meeting new friends and enjoying coffee together build the strong bonds that have resulted in committees of dedicated volunteers. Each meeting features a guest speaker whose topic is stimulating and enlightening. Visitors may attend a meeting to learn more about us.
The Gallery Associates’ popular e-newsletter, is published quarterly. Included are articles about members, their interests, a variety of activities and Gallery events. Photos and commentary keep members informed wherever they are. New members are always featured so that they can be recognized and welcomed at meetings and events. Speakers at the monthly meetings are profiled in the publication. Gallery Associates are encouraged to submit articles about their travels or other topics of interest to others.
You already love art and are looking to connect with other art lovers. You would like to find a meaningful volunteer opportunity that is also stimulating and enjoyable. Join with us to support the Gallery and to impart the importance of art in our community. It’s easy to become involved in one of Victoria’s most rewarding volunteer experiences. First, make certain your Gallery membership is current. Then join the Gallery Associates for $30 annually. Pick up a rack card for information about joining beside the front desk in the Gallery.
This popular annual Fall event is a major fundraising event for the Gallery. About to celebrate its 65th year, the tour features spectacular homes in the Greater Victoria area. Sellout crowds visit the homes that also feature recognized regional artists working inside. Volunteers plan a year ahead to ensure the tour is successful.
Designed to foster interest in and promote appreciation of local, regional, national and international art, these tours attract art lovers and usually sell out quickly. Tours have lead hosts who are well versed in the art and culture of the destination and participants visit artists, galleries and museums as well as touring communities where these reside.
Government House Coat Check
Volunteers staff the coat check during events at Government House. The Gallery Associates have maintained a long-standing relationship with Government House through their volunteer shifts throughout the year.
Ad Hoc Activities
Several fundraising activities continue to be considered by the Gallery Associates for specific fundraising purposes. Over the years, these activities have been very popular and have included: What’s It Worth, the Gallery Associates’ version of The Antiques Road Show; a Sunday afternoon Art Lecture Series; Art in Bloom, floral designs complementing Gallery artworks; Let’s Talk Design, a series featuring interior designers in discussions specific to home design and renovation.
Donna Jones – President
Carol Anne Harper – First Vice President
Wendy Lovitt Warren – Second Vice President
Louise Klassen – Secretary
Marci Shilliington – Treasurer
Karen Ayers – Membership Chair
Yvonne MacKenzie – Programme Chair
Pieta VanDyke – Past President
Our committees welcome new members throughout the year. Check the list and see where your skills and interests would fit best!
Archives: Charlene Brown, Archivist
Art Tours & Studio Tours – Joan Huzar and Wendy Lovitt Warren (Co-Chairs)
Book Club – Joan Shimizu, Pat Katz and Joan Fraser (Co-Conveners)
Communications & Marketing – Pat Preston, Chair
Constitution Review – Anne Russell, Chair
DVD Series – Corinne Taylor, Convenor
Government House Volunteers – Nancy Newton and Alma Alexander (Coordinators)
Happenings Newsletter – Joan Shimizu, Editor, and Charlene Brown, Layout & Production
House Tour – Bill Huzar, Chair
Membership Committee – Karen Ayers, Chair, Mona Herring, Co-Chair, Dorothy Griffin, Telephone Contact for Members without Email, Bill Samis, Membership List Recorder
Social Committee – Louise Maguire and Judy Walker (Co-Chairs)