Helen Day Art Center Invites you to


Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe VT.
Followed by the opening receptions for our summer exhibitions, 5-7pm

If you cannot attend the meeting, please download, print, and return your PROXY ballot to Brian Hamor, Development Chair c/o Helen Day Art Center, PO Box 411, Stowe, VT 05672

The Ballot can be found here: HDAC Annual Meeting Ballot 2019 as a PDF. Nominees' Bios are below.  We hope to see you on the 22nd!

Nominee Biographies

Diane Arnold:
Diane and her husband, Dean Goodermote, have enjoyed their Stowe home since 1998, moving to Stowe full time in 2010. Skiing (Diane snowboards) was the initial draw but Stowe offers so much more. Diane grew up in PA, graduated with a degree in Economics from Penn State University, and moved to Boston where she lived for 40 years. She managed a successful and entrepreneurial gift manufacturing business, responsible for sales and marketing for 15 years. Before moving permanently to Stowe, Diane spent years volunteering for the Conservation Commission in Wayland, Ma, working closely with all town departments. Diane is interested in land management, gardening, hiking, and spends much of her time working outdoors and caring for their brood of 5 horses, 2 of which are rescues. She is also especially knowledgeable and committed to eldercare. Diane sees HDAC as a true gem for Stowe and its surrounding communities, a place of inspiration, and is happy to serve on its board.


Sophie Bréchu-West:
Sophie is director and founder of 571 Projects, a boutique art gallery located in Stowe, VT. A deep, lifelong love of art and a desire to promote the work of significant emerging artists drives Brechu-West’s curatorial and consulting practice. She received a BA in Art History from The College of William and Mary (cum laude) and an MPhil from Christie’s Education, London (with Distinction, accredited through the University of Glasgow). “I am constantly inspired by the creative journeys of the artists that I have the privilege and responsibility of working with. My own journey as an arts professional nourishes my soul and my curiosity. I am passionate about the arts, and the visual arts in particular. As a Vermonter, I derive a deep sense of peace and inspiration from the beauty of the natural landscapes that surround us.”


Kristy Carlson:
Kristy grew up skiing in the “mountains” of western NY. She always dreamed of living in a ski town. She earned a BS in psychology at St. Lawrence University which led her to a sales career in Boston where she lived for 12 years. Her love of the mountains and her husband’s Vermont roots brought them to Stowe in 2013. Her 3 bosses (age 10,7 and 4) keep her very busy but in her free time she loves to ski and travel. Despite having zero artistic ability, Kristy appreciates art and the opportunities that Helen Day Art Center brings to Stowe and the greater community and loves promoting and encouraging involvement in the Center.


Rebecca Chase:
Rebecca was raised in Norwich, Vermont and graduated from UVM with a B.A. in European Studies and a minor in Studio Art.  Post-graduation, Rebecca moved to Paris to pursue her dream of living abroad. After a short career in fashion, Rebecca embraced a new profession: that of Event Planner.  After eight years in Paris, she returned stateside and settled in the Big Apple. There, she enjoyed an exciting career as an Event Planner, and went on to organize events based in Manhattan, across the United States and abroad.  Love and marriage brought Rebecca back to Vermont, and to Stowe, where she is now a crazy chicken lady. As a board member, she hopes to use her skill-set as a Planner to help further the mission of the HDAC, and help to establish a permanent endowment that will allow the HDAC to make the arts accessible to all.


Gunnel Eriksson Clarke:
Gunnel was born in Leksand, Sweden and lived in Sweden, France, and Tanzania for more than 25 years. She moved to NYC and Florida in the late 1980's and for the past 20 years has lived in Stowe, NYC, and West Palm Beach, Florida. Her work has afforded her the opportunity to travel extensively. Gunnel founded Eriksson Fine Art in the spring of 2010 to serve collectors of 19th and early 20th c.fine paintings as well as period and contemporary prints, sculptures and photographs. Prior to founding Eriksson Fine Art, Gunnel was principal partner of Clarke Galleries, which she co-founded in 1989. She helped establish and manage the company's galleries in Stowe, NYC, and West Palm Beach, FL until January 2010. The network of artists and clients she developed in that role and the trust she established with them provides value to a range of collectors and galleries. Gunnel is widely respected for the commitment to excellence she brings to her work in order to make the art collector's experience rewarding and enjoyable. Gunnel welcomes the opportunity to bring the same experience in the art world to serving on the board.


Christopher Doyle:
Chris and his wife, Laurie, have been coming to Stowe every weekend since 2003 when Chris retired from his medical practice in Boston. They have two grown children who don't visit often enough. Chris has worked at Harvard Community Health Plan where he was the Chief of Urology for many years. Prior to his medical career Chris taught high school and served as an Assistant Headmaster and a Trustee of his school. Both Chris and Laurie are delighted to make Stowe their focus for the future. Chris welcomes the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees.


Brian Hamor:
Brian is a civically engaged designer living and practicing architecture in Stowe. Raised by a theater director / arts leader and an engineer / craftsman father, the related passions of design and culture have defined Hamor's path. He is passionate about the outdoors and has a strong sense of place & connection in Northern Vermont. His eponymous architecture firm focuses on design solutions that enhance the way people live.


Maiya Keck:
With an artist education (Rhode Island School of Design BFA in painting ’92), Maiya worked in Arts Administration for the Donald Judd Estate in Marfa, Texas. After leaving to devote time to painting and becoming a mother of two sons, she opened Maiya’s restaurant as the executive chef for 15 years in which time she was nominated for best chef of the Southwest in 2012 & 2013 by the James Beard Foundation. Other ventures followed which include a grocery store, The Get Go, a well curated independent store in Marfa, Texas. Currently Maiya lives with her husband whose roots in Montreal and Vermont brought her to the area. She splits her time in Stowe, Vermont; Marfa, Texas; and Brooklyn, New York. She currently has a painting studio in Waterbury, VT.


Diane Looney:
Diane moved to Stowe in 2013 after spending 14 years living abroad in Hong Kong and London, where she worked as an interior designer. After earning a degree in art history, she worked at the Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., and was a researcher and cataloguer at the Art Museum of The Chinese University in Hong Kong, organizing the Museum's ceramics collection. Additionally, she worked at Christie's Auction House in sales in the Chinese ceramic department. In addition to art, Diane's interests include historic preservation, land conservation, and recreational sports including tennis, hiking, cross country skiing, and yoga. She currently serves on the board of Landmarks West, a historic preservation group in New York City, and has been active on fundraising committees for the Central Park Conservancy, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and Sheriffs Meadow Foundation, a land trust in Massachusetts. Diane is married with three grown sons, who all learned to ski in Stowe, and four cherished grandchildren.


Tamara North:
Tamara has lived in Stowe for 13 years with her husband, Chris, and twin sons, Hugh and Connor.  She has undergrad degrees in print journalism and Polish from American University, a degree from Mass Art for illustration, and an MEd. from Lesley College for Arts in Elementary Education. She spent 2 years studying at Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. She has taught gifted and talented classes and fourth grade in Massachusetts and Stowe, Vermont.  In her spare time she enjoys biking, drawing, and following Formula 1 and her sons' racing careers.


Catherine Turner:

Cathy and her husband, John, moved from the North Shore in Massachusetts to Stowe in 2005.  They relocated here with their three daughters, to offer an outdoor life to the girls. The girls flourished in the Stowe community attended classes at HDAC such as the fashion camp which taught them the art of fashion and how to sew. Their art was displayed a number of times in the annual art show for students in the spring at HDAC. Cathy most recently was the VP of Finance for Destination Stowe Management for 10 years and managed the Lodge at Spruce Peak, The Club at Spruce Peak and Stowe Country Club. Cathy is a native Vermonter and loves hiking, gardening and outdoor living. Cathy appreciates the educational programs HDAC offers the community and looks forward to stretching the right side of her brain while using her strength on left side to assist HDAC in their future growth.


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