Staff

Wendy Rading, Interim Executive Director

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Wendy Rading as our Interim Executive Director. Wendy has held a number of positions with Arts Etobicoke from office manager, curator, programmer to event lead. She came to Arts Etobicoke with years of experience in not-for-profit arts organizations including time working at Artscape and Living Arts Centre in Mississauga. Wendy launched new initiatives at Cloverdale Mall and concurrently lead the transformation of The Storefront Gallery into a vibrant community hub. Arts Etobicoke is excited to have Wendy's creativity, positivity, and talent at the helm of our organization.

Louise Garfield, Executive Director Emeritus

Louise Garfield was teh Executive Director at Arts Etobicoke for 13 years before retiring. She is a veteran of the thriving cultural scene in Toronto. Her varied background in film & television, theatre and dance as a producer, writer, performer and choreographer, (notably as a founding member of the feminist lip-sync artists THE CLICHETTES), lent her arts administrator’s eyes a distinct sensibility.

Ms. Garfield was one of the three founding partners at Triptych Media, an acclaimed Toronto film/TV company where she co-produced John Greyson’s ZERO PATIENCE and Thom Fitzgerald’s THE HANGING GARDEN, which won the People’s Choice Award and Best Canadian Film at the Toronto International Film Festival, the 1998 International Critic’s Award and 4 GENIES. She was the Executive Producer of DANCES FOR A SMALL SCREEN, by Laura Taler and Mark Hammond, TELL ME EVERYTHING and YES/NO by Brian Johnson. She produced LUCKY GIRL by John Fawcett for CTV which won 2 GEMINIS. She has served on the Board of Directors of Dance Collection Danse and the Bill James Dance Company.

Kshama Patel, Operations Manager

Kshama has a Master’s in Public Health and has worked in the health promotion/education field for eight years before becoming a health promotion specialist. Additionally, Kshama volunteered with a wide range of projects that included community building, public speaking, fundraising and networking and spent the past 10 years working in community based small businesses.

Thrilled to be working for a community arts organization and Kshama is looking forward to helping Arts Etobicoke showcase Etobicoke’s arts and culture scene to the GTA.

Akshata Naik, Program & Gallery Manager

Akshata has garnered international attention for work as both artist and academic. Every Wednesday night, Akshata plans and leads sold-out artist events at our Storefront Gallery as well as successfully executes vital community outreach for our special programs.

Margarita Barrientos-Macdonald, Art Rental Consultant

Margarita Barrientos-Macdonald is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, curator, and art consultant, originally from El Paso, Texas.

Barrientos-Macdonald received her MFA from York University and her BFA from the joint program of the University of Toronto and Sheridan Institute of Technology with distinction and was awarded the Sheridan Board of Governors award for Academic Excellence. Her work has been exhibited in the Toronto area and in Mexico.

As art consultant for our A.R.T. Rental service, Margarita works with a variety of clients from realtors, home-owners and set designers, to find art pieces that fit their needs.

John Del Rosario, Program Coordinator

John Del Rosario is a Sculpture/Installation artist and Arts Administrator, originally from the Philippines. A graduate of OCAD University, John also has a diploma in Culinary Management and has worked in the Food and Beverage industry for many years. John continues to draw from his experiences in both the culinary world and the visual arts community in his new path as an Arts Administrator and brings a versatile skill set to the Arts Etobicoke team.

Laura-Anne Graul, Project Coordinator

Born in Stratford, Laura-Anne comes to Arts Etobicoke from the Arts Administration and Cultural Management Post - Graduate Program at Humber College with a double major in Visual Arts and Sociology from York University. In her personal artistic practice, Laura-Anne has worked with a multitude of mediums including clay, pen and ink, ancostic, charcoals, pastels, acrylic and water colour painting, as well as, photography and book binding. 

Ian Dodds, Project Coordinator

Ian Dodds is a multidisciplinary artist and arts administrator born and raised in Toronto. Ian is a graduate of the Studio Art program at the University of Guelph and the 3D Animation program at Seneca College. He is currently completing his graduate certificate in the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program at Humber College. In his artistic practice, Ian works mainly in drawing, painting, and printmaking as well as digital art. His work explores unconventional approaches to narratives while drawing inspiration from comic books, street art, and graffiti.

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