Staff & Board of Directors

GALLERY MANAGER: Nicole Chernish

Nicole moved to Smithers recently from Calgary, Alberta with her husband and is loving the lifestyle change! With a degree in Cultural Tourism and experience with event planning and administration, she is excited to start working in the vibrant arts scene here in Smithers. When you drop by the gallery, you will find her with a ready smile and a cup of coffee. Nicole is keen to get involved in the community while representing the amazing artists here in the valley.  

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PRESIDENT: Susan Smith

Susan developed an interest in playing in the mud as a child and in her early teens discovered that working with clay was far more satisfying.  A three-year intensive program at Sheridan College School of Crafts & Design in Ontario with a major in Ceramics and a focus on hand-building and sculptural work honed her skills. Between operating Aquabatics, a paddle-sports business and being on the Smithers Art Gallery board,  Susan somehow manages to fit in 'not quite enough' studio time as well as teach occasional courses through the Gallery workshops series. 

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VICE-PRESIDENT: Shannon Goodhead

Shannon Goodhead is one of our amazing town’s elementary school teachers. As a former volunteer of the youth organization Katimavik, Shannon developed a passion for non-profit work and couldn’t resist the chance to be a part of our team. Being an artist herself, Shannon is always raring to get others excited about the Arts. From live performances, to art classes, to plein air painting, you can often spot Shannon around Smithers creating art wherever she wanders. With a BA (Hons) in Art and Art History from University of Toronto and a specialism in Art from Sheridan College, Shannon is a welcome addition to the Smithers Art Gallery board of directors. 

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SECRETARY: Susannah Lam

Originally starting in clothing and textiles/fashion, Susannah has worn many different hats. She has participated in programs at University of Manitoba, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and Parsons School of Design. During her time as a glass blower’s assistant she was inspired to complete a Bachelor of Business at Simon Fraser University. Since following her heart to Smithers in 2005 she has volunteered at St. Joseph’s School and on the Board of the Smithers Art Gallery since 2012. She loves to participate in the workshops and finds creating things with her hands very inspiring.

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Allan Edie is a retired biologist who has enjoyed life in Smithers since he moved here in 1978.  His interests include building classic guitars, landscape painting, and outdoor activities including sailing, hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing, during which he greatly enjoys the spectacular natural environments of northern British Columbia. For him, landscape painting is a natural extension of his appreciation for the northern environment. He intends through his role as one of the Gallery directors to support and encourage landscape painting as well as other art activity in the Smithers community.

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DIRECTOR: Megan Peloso

While living in the East Kootenays, Megan led a community-based water monitoring program as well as a workshop titled "The Art of Keeping a Journal". She is originally from Ottawa, ON and moved to Smithers in 2017. Megan has a Masters in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Studies (MA) and a Bachelors in International Development. Once upon a time, Megan played Cinderella in the musical “Into The Woods” and still loves to sing and dance. She takes joy in how art gives permission to slow things down and pay careful attention to your medium. Her medium is usually paper and pen--more recently she is also learning to love clay. Megan joined the Smithers Art Gallery Board of Directors in 2018.

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