NAC’s Board of Directors

Clelia Scala

Clelia Scala

President

Clelia Scala is a mask and puppet designer, collage artist and illustrator. She makes masks and puppets for theatre and has taught mask-making and puppet-making in classroom and workshop settings. In addition, Clelia has made numerous masks for private individuals, visual artists and performance artists, and for organizations such as the Toronto District School Board and Seneca College. She studied mask-making and theatre, film, and special effects makeup at Complections International and studied puppet construction and performance at the Humber Puppetry Intensive and the New England Puppet Intensive. Recent publications include a series of 43 collages for Alice in Plunderland (BookThug, 2015) by Steve McCaffery.

Her website is www.clelia.ca

Alexa Fraser

Alexa Fraser

Vice President / Chair of Programming Committee

Alexa Fraser is a Textile and Installation Artist, Puppet Maker and Puppeteer, Seamstress and Designer from St.Catharines, Ontario. With a B.Des in Fashion Design from Ryerson University, Alexa’s very happy to be part of St.Catharines’ growing Arts and Culture scene. Alexa has displayed work in many solo and group art exhibits and performances, including STRUTT, Canada’s Largest Wearable Art Show, the In the Soil Arts Festival, What About Rodman Hall? Art Show, Small Feats Art Show, the Puppet-A-Go-Go Art Show, the Niagara Falls Night of Art and the St.Catharines Night of Art. Alexa is very proud to be part of the Enormous Elsewhere, a puppetry performance, workshop and art doll company.

Gregory Betts

Gregory Betts

Treasurer / Resource Management Committee

Poet and professor Gregory Betts is the author of 7 books of poetry and the editor of 5 books of experimental Canadian writing. He also wrote the first history of Canadian avant-garde literature called, appropriately, Avant-garde Canadian Literature. His writing has won awards, been widely reviewed and anthologized, and taught in schools and universities across North America and in England. Betts is an activist for the literary community in St. Catharines. Since arriving in 2006 (to teach at Brock University), he has organized a constant series of events, creating a stage for hundreds of the best authors from here and around the world. Betts’ contributions do not stop with literature, though, as he has been an active volunteer in helping to advance and build arts communities, cultures, and discourse throughout the city.

Candace Couse

Candace Couse

Programming Committee

Candace Couse earned an M.F.A. from The University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada (2010). In 2014, she was accepted into Brock University’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Doctoral Program where she is conducting research on illness narratives in visual art practice. This research is being carried out with the support of The Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Couse has taught in Alberta, Ontario and France.

Geoff Farnsworth

Geoff Farnsworth

Programming Committee

Geoff Farnsworth began his art training in Vancouver before moving to New York City to study at the Art Students League from 1997 to 2002. Here he trained from the model full time before working in the abstract classes where his style began to synthesize form with colour, process, and experimentation. A post 9-11 environment with tightening visa restrictions finally prompted him to follow his long time urge to move to Toronto where he furthered his studio practice. He currently lives and works in St. Catharines, Ontario. His paintings have been shown in New York City, Washington DC, Minneapolis, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay, Niagara Falls, Norway, Sweden, and Trinidad.

Alyssa General

Alyssa General

Marketing + Membership Committee

Alyssa M. General niyakohsennò:ten, Kanyen’kehá:ka niyakonhwentsyò:ten, yakonyáhten, táhnon Ohswé:ken nityakowé:non. Alyssa M. General is Mohawk Nation Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is an artist, educator, and language revitalist. Alyssa has helped create a series of films in Kanyen’kéha with Onkwawén:na Kentyóhkwa, developed illustrations for children’s television show Tóta tánon Ohkwá:ri, and has received national recognition for her poem Enkonte’nikonhrakwaríhsya’te. Alyssa currently is the artistic director with indigenous publishing company, Spirit & Intent.

Tamara Jensen

Tamara Jensen

Chair of Membership + Marketing Committee

Tamara Jensen is a practicing visual artist and entrepreneur in St. Catharines, Ontario. Co-founder of pioneering gourmet food truck El Gastronomo Vagabundo, Tamara was an early adopter of mobile marketing tools and has become a leader in digital marketing strategy. Driven by a passion to help Niagara’s entrepreneurs succeed, Tamara is a Digital Strategist with Form & Affect, where she helps local and global brands gain traction through advanced digital media strategies. Tamara is a volunteer small business mentor with Futurpreneur Canada, and a Starter Company mentor with the St. Catharines Enterprise Centre. The painting studio above her garage is underused, but makes for a pretty nice place to nap.

Berndt Meyer

Berndt Meyer

Chair of Resource Management Committee

Berndt is an active fundraiser for NAC and assists in gallery installations and renovations. He is interested in connecting the NAC to new private and public revenue sources.

Linda Steer

Linda Steer

Programming Committee

Linda Steer is an art historian and professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Brock. She is also a partner, a parent, a fan of surrealism but not a surrealist, and an admirer of strange and beautiful things.

Adam CK Vollick

Adam CK Vollick

Programming Committee

I am a Niagara native who grew up close to the breeze of Lake Erie. My early love of Photography and Light has allowed me to hone unconventional methods in many different disciplines with some of my heros. I am currently working on several film projects for Neil Young; I am co-producing a short film with Daryl Hannah; and recently my work can be seen in the Timberlake/Demme film that premiered at TIFF 2016 and is now streaming on Netflix. As well, I continue to be a Daniel Lanois film collaborator for over a decade. My works both still and moving pictures are internationally collected and appear on stages and in theaters across the globe. Niagara is where I return to meditate, and find peace in my own life while preparing for the next sojourn.