We had some spare time between shows so we decided to spruce up the Gallery a little bit… well, more than a little bit. We’ve overhauled the entire space, starting with the floor and working our way up to the ceiling. If you haven’t had a chance to check things out, you should swing by sometime soon. It’s amazing what has been accomplished with a just little elbow grease and some awesome volunteers!
After a rigorous search the White Water Gallery is excited to announce the hiring of their new Executive Director, Serena Kataoka. The search began in February after Clayton Windatt, who has been fulfilling the role of Executive Director for the last seven years, confirmed that he would be leaving the position in June to pursue his independent arts practice.
Kataoka, a performance and video artist with a PhD in Political Science, has been active in the North Bay arts scene for the last three years. Since 2012 she has been a member of the Programming Committee for the Near North Mobile Media Lab and in 2013 she organized Why is North Bay a Creative City?, a panel discussion that featured several arts professionals from the North Bay area. In 2014 she worked with Aanmitaagzi as a performer in their presentation at Ice Follies and in their large-scale production Dances of Resistance. Kataoka is also a part-time faculty member in the departments of Social Welfare & Social Development; Gender, Equality & Social Justice; Political Science; and Criminology at Nipissing University.
There are only a few days left to get your Early Bird VIP Conference passes for the Northern Conference for the Arts: Dream Big! Confirmed presenters include: Cora-Rae Silk, Seanna Connell, Maggie Flynn, Robin Sutherland, Miranda Bouchard, Patrice James, Dayna Danger, Nathan Jensen, Lora Northway, Jamie McKenzie-Naish, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Cris Derksen, Maurice Switzer, Marc Losier, Friederike Landau, Kristian Clarke, Sarah King Gold, Nadia Kurd, Christian Chapman, Teri Souter, Rod Carley, Dee Adrian, Emily Trottier, Jules A. Koostachin, Karen Bachmann, Elisha Barlow, Victoria Ward, and Rihkee Strapp, as well as keynote addresses by charles c. smith, Kent Monkman, Paul Walty, Ms. Lee Maracle.
After March 15 passes will return to their regular prices, so don’t delay! For more information, please visit www.dreambignorth.com.
Our Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for March 19, 2015 at 7 pm, and we still have a few spots open for energetic and enthusiastic individuals to get involved on our Board of Directors. Anyone interested should check out the Call for Board Members on our website, and if you feel like you’re up to the challenge send us your info by March 12, 2015 to be included in this year’s election.
February 5, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After seven years at the helm the White Water Gallery has announced that Executive Director Clayton Windatt will be leaving the organization in June to pursue personal projects. Although news of Windatt’s departure is only now being made public, the Gallery’s Board of Directors has been aware of his intentions since December and have been working with him to develop a plan for succession. They have posted the job position on their website (www.whitewatergallery.com/opportunities) in conjunction with this announcement and expect to receive applications from across the country once word gets around.
During his time as Executive Director, Windatt has helped the Gallery to fulfill its mandate to present and support innovative and experimental contemporary art by increasing its profile locally and nationally, and by successfully securing new revenue streams and project funding to keep the doors open. The Gallery receives a modest operating grant from the Ontario Arts Council annually, but has to rely upon additional project funding to cover its costs. It hasn’t been an easy job, but Windatt focuses on the bright side.
“I am honoured to have been involved with White Water Gallery. They have allowed me to develop my skills dramatically and learn a great deal about the art world and about myself.” says Windatt, “I am proud of the programming we have been able to present and the community-building we have achieved.”
The Gallery has come a long way since Windatt attended the emergency meeting to discuss the potential closure of the Artist-Run Centre in 2008. At that meeting, he and several other community members stepped up to save the struggling organization and form a new Board of Directors. Windatt served as the Board’s Chair until February 2009 when he transitioned into the role of volunteer Executive Director. The position became a paid one in November 2010.
But even though he has decided to move on, Windatt isn’t in a rush to leave just yet. He’ll remain the Executive Director until his replacement is found and will be on hand to help the new staff member transition into their position. He’ll also continue to coordinate the Gallery’s upcoming conference, The Northern Conference for the Arts: Dream Big (www.dreambignorth.com), taking place from May 27 – 30, 2015 in North Bay, ON.
“I’ll still be around to help out,” Windatt says, “It’s just someone else’s turn to steer the ship.”