Woodstock art gallery board welcomes new members

The Woodstock Art Gallery is welcoming two new members to its board, the gallery announced Monday.

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The Woodstock Art Gallery is welcoming two new members to its board, the gallery announced Monday.

Asma Khanani and Magda Stroinska were appointed to the board of the gallery, which oversees its operations and administration. Board chair Judy Dent welcomed the pair to the board in a statement Monday.

Khanani is a local artist and designer, and was a professor of design and culture at George Brown College. She served as a juror for the gallery’s Visual Elements show last summer, and is now working on a PhD in urban studies at Western University.

“It is an incredibly meaningful time in our city’s history to join the Woodstock Art Gallery’s advisory board. During a time of significant uncertainty, flux and awakening in the world, it is heartening to be a part of the integral strength, community and culture the (gallery) provides its growing population,” said Khanani.

Stroinska chairs the department of linguistics at McMaster University, where she has been a professor since 1988. The gallery notes she has had a lifelong passion for the arts, and has recently worked on photography, crafting and life drawing classes at the Woodstock Art Gallery.

“I see art is an integral part of community life, be it through the aesthetics of public spaces and everyday objects or through artmaking and exhibitions of what others have created,” Strokinska said.

The gallery board is composed of volunteer members who share a commitment to art in Woodstock. Together, they create the gallery’s strategic and business plans and represent the gallery to Woodstock city council. The gallery is beginning its strategic plan process for the next five years.

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