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RiverBrink Appoints New Chairman and Directors | Pro Club Bd

colin Brezicki

Special on The Lake Report

Linda Fritz, a Queenston-based writer, researcher and retired university librarian, is the new Board Chair of the RiverBrink Art Museum.

A moderator at thefamous and notorious” Fritz also writes historical features for The Lake Report.

She has contributed to two books of local interest: “From the mouth of the Lower Niagara River,” and” Making Your Mark: The Women of Niagara-on-the-Lake.”

Fritz has been associated with RiverBrink since joining the Weir Foundation board of directors in 2009.

Her appointment to the top position on the board was among several changes announced by RiverBrink.

Vice President Lezlie Harper is an active member of Niagara’s African Canadian community and has expertise in local history and the tourism industry.

She runs Niagara Bound Tours, a black history tour company in Niagara. She hopes to generate more interest in RiverBrink’s unique collection of Canadian art around the world.

Secretary Rebecca Golding, who moved to Queenston in 2019, recently completed her PhD in Art History at U of T and has worked with several botanical gardens in Canada and the US

Treasurer Allan Magnacca, a retired businessman, has an extensive background in finance having served on a number of local councils and charities.

Among several new board members are:

Marina Cutler, owner of Avenue Art Gallery (Canada), Cutler Crane Gallery (Memphis) and brings more than 25 years of experience discovering and introducing emerging artists. She is a member of the Association of Female Art Dealers. Cutler has curated cross-border exhibitions such as “911″ and “We remember and conquer Canada’, featuring works by 19th-century Canadian photographer William Notman. She is the host/producer of The Brush Off Project a mini-doc series with PBS about the international painting competition, highlighting contemporary artists and raising money for arts programs for people with Alzheimer’s.

Prof. Gordon Reeve, who taught sculpture at the University of Manitoba School of Art for 37 years. He has created major construction sites in cities across Canada, including recently a large work installed at the entrance to the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. He is also an award-winning filmmaker with internationally distributed documentaries on art, architecture and artists shot in Europe, the United States and South America.

Sandra Lawrence has been a fine arts restorer since 1974, spending 13 years as director of restoration at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has served on many boards of arts and history organizations in Niagara, taught at Willowbank for six years, served on the board of directors of the Weir Foundation for seven years, and has served as the founding director of RiverBrink since 2015. Other founding directors include Denis Greenall, a former programs officer with the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Clare Cameron represents the city of Niagara-on-the-Lake on the board. David Collins, who has a background in IT and business administration, represents the Weir Foundation on the RiverBrink Board of Directors, and Jay Richardson, President of the Weir Foundation Board of Directors, is an ex officio director of RiverBrink.

Director/curator Debra Antoncic and her staff look forward to welcoming visitors to the Kunstmuseum Tuesday through Sunday this summer.

Antoncic has been with RiverBrink for 11 years and holds a PhD in Art History from Queen’s University and previously worked as an independent curator.

Other RiverBrink collaborators include Asta McCann, assistant programmer and curator, who has a master’s degree from York University, and Sara Morris, chief administrator.

Two Brock University students joined the RiverBrink staff this summer: Maddy Gordon is a fine arts student and Lindsay Chilcott is a graduate of the fine arts program. Both work on different projects and conduct walking tours of historic Queenston.

Overlooking the Niagara River in historic Queenston, the art museum was the home of Samuel Weir and maintains and displays a collection of paintings, prints and sculpture.

Weir left the collection and an endowment to support RiverBrink as a public art museum after his death in 1981.

Admission to RiverBrink is by donation. Visitors have access to contemporary art exhibitions and the permanent collection (including works by Tom Thomson, Emily Carr and Paul Kane).

The Reference Library contains over 4,000 history, Canadiana and fine art books, as well as 500 rare and limited edition books and an extensive collection of sculptures by Marc Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté.

Lectures, workshops, films and other activities can be found on the museum’s website at

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