The Board of Directors provides general oversight of the management and administration of the ArtSea Council with respect to strategic planning, financial and accounting matters, risk management, human resources, and other internal policies. The Board is composed of the President, and six independent directors appointed to one-year renewable terms.
Diane Thorp, President
I am a textile artist and work in my studio as much as possible. My mixed media pieces have been displayed in galleries and juried shows. Over the years, I have been on the CACSP Executive, Chaired the Sidney Fine Art Show Committee, and was one of the initial organizers of the Peninsula ArtSea Festival.
Lesley Turner, Vice-President
Lesley is a practicing artist and art instructor. She has a BA(Hons) 1st class in Embroidered Textiles, Middlesex University, London, UK and is a graduate of the Ecological Landscape Design program, Gaia College, Royal Roads University. She is a trained teacher with a BA in Geography and currently is an instructor in Fine Arts Textiles at the Victoria College of Art. She holds City and Guilds of London Institute certificates in embroidery and design, a University of Calgary Certificate in Visual Design and is a Master Knitter of Canada. Working in the textile medium, Lesley has exhibited across Canada, the UK, Germany and South Korea. She is a member of the textile art groups: Articulation, Studio Art Quilt Association and the Surface Design Association.
Susan Lane, Treasurer
I am a retired Chartered Professional Accountant. I had my own practice and was a shareholder in a construction company. In both my professional and volunteer life, I have worked with non-profits and registered charities. As with others who have retired, I happily decided to give back to the community where my skills would be most useful. I have been with the Arts Council for about seven years and have enjoyed working with and meeting other Board members and volunteers.
Sherley Gordon Edey, Director
As a photographer, I have benefited greatly from membership in the arts council. Through ArtSea Festival, I connected with Breadstuffs Bakery and Deli and have displayed my work there for five years. Artisans has provided a opportunities to show and sell. For the past five years my work has been in the Sidney Fine Art Show. In 2016, I had the use of the Gallery at Tulista Park for a show with seven other artists entitled Know Your Place and for offering a workshop on Hand-Drawn Maps.
Joining the Board of the ArtSea Community Arts Council as it shifts into a governance model will call on my prior experience in program development, administration and evaluation. My interest in this area led to several advanced degrees and, more importantly, years of working with public and not-for-profit organizations to manage change and improve performance.
I am looking forward to being part of the large team of people working together to connect community interests in arts and culture with opportunities for participation.
Marie Savage, Director
Sharon Stoneman, Director
When I moved to the Saanich Peninsula 12 years ago one of the first things I did was attend a CACSP event – the Spring Studio Tour. After many years of attending and participating in CACSP events I decided that I wanted to be a part of the council and the work it does in our community. As a relatively new director I’ve been enjoying learning about how the council operates and seeing first hand the impact it has on life on the peninsula.
As an artist I work with textiles, exploring the world of colour and texture available to me. My works are abstractions based on my observations of the world around me, and my reaction to those observations. I consider myself fortunate to live and create in this beautiful place, surrounded by so many creative and inspiring people.
Program Committee Members
The Program Committee Members manage the delivery of the ArtSea Programs. They prepare and manage budgets for the programs, and provide recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the opportunities for new programs, or required changes to current programs.