Board of Directors 2017/2018

Eric Lesage, Pender Island

Eric Lesage is an interdisciplinary artist based on Pender Island BC. Lesage’s practice explores the intersection of craft and conceptual art, ideas of labour, and the handmade, through process-based installations. His work challenges modern notions of productivity that place a higher value on product over process, and invites the viewer into a space of thoughtful contemplation. These ideas are manifest in his decade-long project Re: definition, a large scale installation of a single deconstructed dictionary woven into multiple panels.

Previously, Lesage was Artistic Director of the artist-run center La Maison des artistes in Winnipeg; he has exhibited at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Comox Valley Art Gallery and Raw:Gallery; and he has collaborated with the ITWÉ collective on Manifestipi at The Forks and Saint Boniface Cathedral.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors CARFAC BC and CARFAC National.

Emily Geen, Victoria

Originally from Lake Country, BC, Emily Geen completed her BFA at UBC Okanagan (2012), followed by her MFA at the University of Victoria (2015). Currently situated in Victoria, Emily is a practicing visual artist working at the intersections of photography, sculpture, video, and installation. Emily has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout BC & Alberta, most recently in INDEX 2016 at Gallery 295 (Vancouver) and in the inaugural Lind Prize Exhibition, curated by Presentation House Gallery as a part of Capture Photography Festival (Vancouver). In 2016, Emily completed a residency at the Banff Centre and now continues in her role as a sessional studio arts instructor at the University of Victoria.

Ash Tanasiychuk, Vancouver

Ash Tanasiychuk is a lifelong artist trained in studio arts. A digital media professional with an active career in cultural event photography, videography and video editing, copy writing and editing, and social media.

A vocal advocate for the arts, he chose to dedicate himself to promoting local artists when he founded VANDOCUMENT in 2013. He has been operating it ever since to give voice to locally based artists, documenting them and their work through photography, videography, and writing, publishing this media on VANDOCUMENT's website and social media channels, and using these tools to reach new audiences. Through this work, Ash has forged strong relationships built on respect and trust, building community among creators in various disciplines as well as between artists and the public.

Ash has been involved with CARFAC as a Member, a Videographer, and an Artists Talk ebook Contributing Author. He would like to extend this involvement through participation on CARFAC BC's Board of Directors.

Ash will bring his passion for advocating for the arts, his relationships with artists across creative disciplines, and his creativity in developing projects to provide fresh outlooks and ideas to raise CARFAC BC's profile while improving upon the mission to build partnerships and outreach.

Amanda Peters, Vancouver

Amanda Peters is a Vancouver-based arts administrator and visual artist. Her 10 years of experience in arts administration includes work with the Vancouver Biennale, Community Arts Council of Vancouver, Artists' Legal Outreach, The Arts Connection, and six years with the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture. As the Alliance’s Director of Communications (and previously as Communications Manager), her work supporting the interests of artists and cultural workers included advocating to various levels of government on cultural policy and funding; creating resources and tools to support the sector to actively participate in the advocacy process; aggregating and disseminating sector-related news and research; as well as community engagement and outreach. She has co-produced numerous events including the Alliance’s annual Arts Summit (2011-2016); public launch events for BC Culture Days; the Mayor's Arts Awards in partnership with the City of Vancouver's Cultural Services; the Metro Vancouver launch of SpaceFinder BC, and a variety of public community arts events.

Amanda’s work on committees, working groups, or boards of directors includes such organizations as CAPACOA, Actsafe Safety Association, the Alcuin Society, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, and the Community Arts Council of Richmond. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History; 2007) from UBC and a Diploma in Fine Arts from Kwantlen University College (1997). Amanda currently works as Director of Audience Engagement for the Kay Meek Centre.

Sonay Cheema, Vancouver

Based in Vancouver, Sonay Cheema has a Bachelor of Arts in Film Production from UBC and a certificate in Creative Writing, with a focus on poetry, from The Writer’s Studio at SFU. Her most recent publication includes selections in the emerge 15 anthology. While actively pursuing her creative endeavours, Sonay has contributed to the field of not-for-profit philanthropy since 2011. Most recently, Sonay spent 2 years working in arts administration where she wrote strategic, collaborative grants to support the arts. As Major Gifts Officer in Fund Development, she helped raise funds for more than 30 arts programs each year. Sonay is currently devoting time to continuing her craft by exploring the impact of sound in film, creating concrete poetry, and writing her first feature screenplay.

Karel Doruyter, Penticton

Karel Doruyter was born in Rotterdam, Holland, and came to Canada in 1953. He attended UBC from 1961 to 1968 and has degrees in Fine Art, Philosophy and Psychology. For the next 30 years he had a variety of jobs in Canada, Australia and Chile. He has travelled widely, often via sailboat, documenting the wilder and isolated areas in the southern and northern hemispheres. He became a full time artist/illustrator in 1998 living in Victoria BC.

At present Mr. Doruyter paints, writes and manages high latitude expeditions in Penticton BC. Over the last 12 years he has concentrated on painting the arctic, Antarctic and primarily the West Coast rain forest. He has had a large number of solo and group exhibitions in Canada, USA and Australia. He is a signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists, the Island Illustrator’s Society and CARFAC. Galleries representing Mr. Doruyter include Mountain Galleries in Whistler, Banff and Jasper; Hambleton Galleries in Kelowna; Odin Gallery in Vernon, and Madrona Gallery in Victoria. His paintings are sold internationally and can be found in both private and corporate collections. He has written and or illustrated a number of books, covers, periodicals and journals.

Brazen Edwards, Kelowna

Brazen Edwards is a versatile artist that attended high school at the newly developed Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts. She later enrolled in the BA Criminology Program at the University of Alberta and was given special permission to take Art Fundamentals as a component of her degree and concentrated on painting in 2000. She then went on to pursue a career with the RCMP and relocated to the Okanagan in 2009 where she found the region to be inspiring, realizing art was her true calling. Brazen is an active status member with the Federation of Canadian Artists (AFCA) and has been fortunate enough to have her artwork collected internationally.

In 2015, she created Ellis Art Studios, a 6000sq ft multi-disciplinary art facility located downtown Kelowna. They utilize a mentor–apprentice model to prepare artists, emerging and professional to develop their art and design skills. They offer world class visual art/design–based workshop programs, consulting services, professional art supplies, affordable custom framing and professional studio space to help artists become successful entrepreneurs.

Farhad Sadeghi Amini, Coquitlam

Farhad Sadeghi Amini is a prominent and well known artist of his generation. In 2002, he graduated from the University with an MA in Fine Arts, specialized in painting. He has continued his art activity and teaching at Supernal Arts Academy in Vancouver. He was a Senior Education Administrator and Instructor. He also went on to establish the accredited college, “Canadian Arts and Sciences Academy” in Vancouver. Besides teaching, he has continued exhibiting his artworks in New York, Vancouver, North Vancouver, and Burnaby. Being a Director on the Burnaby Arts Council, he has also been a juror for the Burnaby Film Forum (BFF).

From his early teens, Farhad has been an artist devoted to his passion for arts. He has been consistently involved in various aspects of art. This includes, creating artworks, teaching art and writing and publishing various books. Moreover, he has exhibited in 30 exhibitions in 20 countries around the world. “During my life, I have taken great satisfaction in creating many art pieces and educating students and this has helped me be grateful for every moment of my life.” Farhad states.

Furthermore, during these years he has received appreciation letters from different notable individuals and organizations, such as the Mayor of Wellington, as well as the Assumption University in Thailand.

Jennifer Graham, Vancouver

Jennifer is a systems analyst based in Vancouver, BC. She has worked for non-profit organizations in the past, both as a board member and a staff employee. Her favourite role was working for campus/community radio station CHMA FM as a disc jockey, traffic director, and fundraising coordinator. Jennifer received a BA in Anthropology from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB and is currently completing a certificate in Fine Art from Emily Carr. She is looking forward to what the coming year will bring for CARFAC BC.

Vladimir Kolosov, Maple Ridge

Vladimir Kolosov is an artist, musician, and entrepreneur based in Maple Ridge, BC. He studied fine arts in 1976-1979 at Fine Art School for Youth (Moscow, USSR). He developed his career in science, and he holds a MSc (1985) in Mathematics and Control theory. In 1992-1994 he completed the executive MBA program at Open University (UK). In 1994-2005 Executive director of Russian subsidiary of Carpigiani Group (Italy). Moved to Canada in 2006, in 2007 Canada Area Manager of Carpigiani USA. Vladimir published a number of scientific and business articles and three books related to marketing and management. In 2008 he established Westridge Management Corporation (Consulting, Accounting), and started to pay more attention to development of his artistic career. He exhibited in over 40 exhibitions and art fairs locally and internationally. Among them: several Art Shows of Federation of Canadian Artists, “Illusion of Reality”(Italy), Art San Diego (USA), The Artist Project, and others. Vladimir’s artworks were featured in several albums: “Mental Space,” “Illusion of Reality,” “Artists of BC Vol. II” and others, and in local press. His initiative “The Art of Gelato, 2014,”  the international visual art contest for kids, was supported by UNICEF (Canada).