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Comox Valley Art Gallery saying hello and goodbye

Comox Valley Art Gallery curator Ahn Le will bid farewell Feb. 5. She will attend a gathering at the downtown Courtenay gallery held to say goodbye to two key staff members and welcome their replacements. - File photo/Ron Pogue
Comox Valley Art Gallery curator Ahn Le will bid farewell Feb. 5. She will attend a gathering at the downtown Courtenay gallery held to say goodbye to two key staff members and welcome their replacements.
— image credit: File photo/Ron Pogue

The Comox Valley Art Gallery is hosting a hello/goodbye party on Wednesday evening to say farewell to two key staff members and introduce their replacements.

Curator Anh Le, who joined the gallery in 2007, is moving to Vancouver. She began as program co-ordinator, became executive director in 2010, and has been the curator since 2011.

The gallery is also saying a temporary farewell to executive director Sharon Karsten, who recently gave birth to her second child. Karsten will be on maternity leave for one year.

“Anh did a magnificent job over the past six years,” said Roger Albert, president of the gallery’s board of directors. “While we’re very sad to see her go, we’re excited to see her pursue new opportunities.”

Albert said the gallery is also excited to welcome Angela Somerset as the new curator/program director. Somerset has a strong background in interdisciplinary art practice, with a focus on installation art, visual art, video and sound art, performance, print media and artist’s books.

“Angela brings a great deal of energy, passion and skill to the job,” he said. “Her background and experience will help with a smooth transition.”

Albert said Wednesday’s party will also give people a chance to get to know Glen Sanford, who will serve as executive director while Karsten is on maternity leave, and Sue Pyper, who joined the gallery gift shop team in December.

The hello/goodbye party will take place Feb. 5 at the Comox Valley Art Gallery at 580 Duncan Ave. in Courtenay.

There will be a cash bar, and light snacks will be served. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m., everyone is welcome to attend, and admission is free.

For more details about the Comox Valley Art Gallery and coming exhibitions, visit www.comoxvalleyartgallery.com or look for Comox Valley Art Gallery on Facebook.

— Comox Valley Art Gallery

 

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