Charlotte King – President
Charlotte is a writer who grew up in Brant County, lived and worked all over Ontario, finally settling in St. Catharines. When she thinks of art – she thinks of
the literary arts: fiction, creative nonfiction, essays and poetry; the performing arts, such as dance, theatre and film; and the visual arts, which include painting, sculpture, mixed media and installation art.
Educated at WLU and University of Guelph while spending most of her life working in the business world for large corporations such as Maple Leaf Foods and Yellow Pages Group she appreciates the importance of fiscal responsibility and the need to temper that with art appreciation. Art is important in our world.
Her son is a photographer and a painter who lives in Ottawa and serves in the Royal Canadian Air Force. She looks forward to the day when he will have a gallery of his own and the time to show his body of work.
Charlotte is on the executive of the Canadian Authors Association – Niagara branch and was a member of Toastmasters International for 10 years holding the distinction of Distinguished Toastmaster.
Now her interests are mainly travel, writing and supporting the arts in any way that she can. She is looking forward to forging new friendships and alliances in the arts world as she moves along that path.
Ashlee was born and raised in Niagara Falls, with a passion for music that began when she was a child.
A classically trained pianist, Ashlee is a multi-instrumentalist and local performer in the Niagara region with past music projects such as Awesome Sauce and Rod Standish Band. She currently performs solo and with her friends in Perpetual Peace Project.
Ashlee’s formal education includes a B.A in psychology with a post-graduate focus in HR management.
Currently Ashlee resides in Niagara Falls and enjoys performing locally and volunteering with multiple music and art events in the area such as Niagara Music Awards, Carmel fine art & music festival as well as many ongoing fundraising events for different charities.
From the age of 5 Jen was involved in music and dance, singing in the Brantford Girls Choir and studying tap and jazz. As a teenager she studied music and played clarinet in the Pauline Johnson Senior Concert Band and was a member of the St. John’s Girls Drum and Bugle Corp. After graduating college with a diploma in Marketing Management Jen’s focus turned more towards the business side of the arts and in 1986 she founded the now defunct Pulse Niagara magazine. At that time Pulse was a FREE tabloid distributed throughout the peninsula and was the “definitive” source for arts and entertainment in the Niagara Region. In 1997 Jen sold the paper and worked at a variety of jobs including creative writer at 97.7 HTZ FM, then later as the General Manager at Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club. Since 2001 Jen has worked in the corporate world in Consumer Goods Manufacturing as a Product Marketing Manager and Category Advisor with brand names such as George Foreman, Corningware, Corelle and Springmaid.
While Pulse Magazine flourished and had a great run with its new owners until 2012, it eventually succumbed to online media and disappeared from the streets. This left a huge hole in the region for a single source dedicated to promoting local music, art, theatre and culture, so Jen and former Pulse Editor/Radio Guru Dave DeRocco founded GO/BE Weekly, an online source for the people of Niagara to Go Be informed and entertained. As a member of the Niagara Arts Showcase Jen hopes to bring her business savvy and love of the arts together and help move them to a whole new level in Niagara Falls.
Born in Niagara Falls as Barbara Jane Dutchyn, she was raised on a farm in Niagara-on-the-Lake where she cultivated her love of art, poetry, nature and adventure.
At the end of her secondary school education, Barbara was offered a scholarship at the Ontario College of Art, however, her path took her to completing a 3 year degree in Advanced Interior Design where her skills as a watercolour artist blossomed. Paintings continued mainly as gifts though her submission to the Regional Niagara Art Contest gained first prize for her depiction of Montebello Park. She also participated in juried art shows in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Queenston though focus was on raising her family.
Work saw Barbara involved in kitchen design, researcher for the Niagara Historical Museum, retail, gardener, organizer, colour/design consultant, construction and flooring specialist to name a few.
Her interests include volunteering to promote the artistic and cultural community, hiking, biking, nature, travel, writing poetry, photography and a renewed love of painting.
A current resident of Niagara Falls and member of Niagara Arts Showcase, Barbara hopes her background in art and organization will help NAS surpass its goals in upcoming events.
Sylvia is a published author, born and raised in Niagara Falls. She has been enthusiastic about writing since a young child and feels many artists, writers, musicians, poets and others need direction to succeed and enlighten the world with the beauty of their craft.
Her leadership experience was enhanced by serving as President of the Willoughby Historical Society and President of the Chippawa Business Association/BIA. Sylvia also volunteered on the Canada Day Committee for 23 years helping organize the parade and the gala event. She is an active member of the GNGH Ladies Auxillary and the Niagara Falls Pilot Club and feels volunteering is very important.
She worked as a correspondent for the Niagara Falls Review before creating and publishing the Chippawa Times Newspaper which was a free tabloid ,highlighting the good things in life and featuring poetry, short stories and art created by the young and a bit older people of Niagara Falls as well as noteworthy news.
Sylvia will be releasing the childrenâ€™s books she writes and illustrates, in May 2017, as well as her latest book, a collection of short stories about her experiences travelling throughout Southern Africa.
Her interests are writing, poetry, music, cycling, wildlife, photography and travel.
As a member of the Niagara Arts Showcase she hopes her knowledge, wisdom and organizational skills will be a helpful catalyst to bring the arts community into the public eye. She is devoted to doing whatever she can as a team member to make this happen.
Lori Lococo has fourteen years of general office experience along with eleven years senior administrative experience. A life long resident of Niagara Falls, Lori is a community minded team leader and serves on the Board of Project Share and Niagara Falls Community Outreach.
Lori is member of Toastmasters International and has been a member for fifteen years. Elected to the Toastmaster International Board of Directors for a two year term she helped guide this worldwide 250,000 member organization through a crucial, pivotal transformation.
She is trained and accomplished in the fields of Accounting, Alternate Dispute Resolution and Project/Organization Management. Lori has communication, marketing, social media and web development experience as well as skill and success in life/business coaching.
Lori does not consider herself artistic but appreciates all of the talent that the artists and musicians bring to our community.
Philip Lococo has engaged in a multifaceted career.
He’s worked with some of the regions most important winemakers to produce some of the best wines the region has produced. At many of the wineries he also engaged in aspects of marketing and promotion. In 2005, employed by the Niagara Grape and Wine and Icewine Festivals he produced all of the print media copy and graphic design as well as managing the Grand Parade and main wine tent.
As a conference planner he has produced and helped produce congresses for Braebon Medical Corporation, Toastmasters International and Mensa Canada. He’s also been an important part of planning other festivals in the Niagara Region.
He’s managed federal election campaigns, municipal election campaigns and campaigns for board positions on an International Board of Directors.
Community involvement is important to Philip, volunteering for many events and organizations and most particularly supporting the arts.