President – Amber Juby is a Visual Artist with a background in finance, retail industry and corporate insurance. She has a diploma in The Fine Arts from Fanshawe College. In the past few years, she has been teaching art lessons and facilitating art events for local fundraisers. During this time, the community has expressed a need for a space, where they can gather together & create. Art is very important to the human experience and general well being and Art Therapy is becoming more mainstream everyday.
Vice-President – Stephanie De Genova is an entrepreneur and Photographer. As an artistic mother of two very talented girls, she knows the value of introducing the Arts at an early age. Exposure early on can improve educational outcomes by improving fine motor skills, accelerate brain development, improve self-esteem and relieve stress. These benefits transfer to different ages as well. A place dedicated to art education and creative expression would allow the entire community to work together.
Corporate Secretary / Treasurer – Vanessa Raven-Vipond is a military spouse, mother and professional Graphic Designer. She has her own business Sea Salt design and works as the Graphic Designer and Social Media manager for Hutchinson’s Maple Products. Having enjoyed working in a creative field for more than 20 years, she feels blessed to have had so many opportunities to do what she has always loved to do. She understands the importance of self expression and in having a voice through visual communications, music and other areas of art. She believes in the mental health benefits for teens, adults and seniors and the need to have a local creative outlet for all ages. Through exposure to art, the youth of a community can explore many new opportunities for both personal and career development.
Director – Sarah Shortliffe is a military spouse, mother, has a Master’s Degree in Fine Art History, and has a background specifically in art restoration. She is a professional illustrator, the creative mind behind Pen and Inkling producing a large variety of whimsical illustrations. Sarah brings a wealth knowledge and creativity to 7arts. She teaches a variety of classes, makes some great art kits and organizes the class and event schedules.
Director – Cindy Wezenbeek is a retired military member and military spouse, with a very diverse background. Cindy has been running her own business as a Professional Project Manager and Organizer since 2016 and has brought her business to Nova Scotia in 2019. Her collection of skills and knowledge have been an enormous help through the major renovations that had taken place inside the 7arts building in 2019 and she continues to lend her support and expertise in improving the design and function of the 7arts Art Centre.
Director – Jane Beals grew up in the Annapolis Valley and has a diverse background in arts, education and finance. She is a multi-talented artist, creating and teaching everything from Paint Pouring and Resin art to Belly Dancing. We are so fortunate to have Jane as a part of our group and look forward to what she comes up with next.
Youth Board Member – Danielle Wezenbeek is an extremely talented artist. She moved to the Annapolis family with her family from Victoria BC in 2019, when her father was posted to 14 Wing. She has already begun to make quite a name for herself selling several paintings at Pascalice’s bistro, the International Women’s Day Youth Art Showcase last spring and in doing commissions in pet portraiture.