Meet Our Board And Supporters
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.
Kristin Lyssand is the name I was given many moons ago in Norway, where I grew up.
In my late teens I moved to London to learn English; later Hamburg to learn German. Air Canada hired me to work at the Frankfurt airport, and in 1972 they transferred me to Toronto where I lived and worked as In-Charge Flight Attendant for AC for 16 more years.
My life has had an international flavour; father Norwegian, mother Swedish, a couple of British husbands, two Canadian sons (1 living in Bermuda and 1 in Niagara Falls) – and a love of travel.
I held a board position in the Scandinavian club, and I am still responsible for the Newsletter. As President in 1987-88 of the Swedish Women’s Educational Association, (SWEA Toronto) and a long time member. In the early 90’s I co-started a SWEA chapter in Madrid, Spain, where I lived for 8 years. This followed a 3 year stint in Frankfurt, Germany from 1988 until 1991. In year 2000 I returned to Toronto, and in 2014 I moved to Niagara Falls.
I am also the secretary for an esoteric study group and other than that I treasure my family & friends, my home & garden, books and music, our planet & environment.
I joined the Niagara Art Showcase in July 2017, and feel really excited about the prospect of helping this grow and flourish. My hope is also that it will offer new and wonderful local friends.
Shelby is a young professional who is passionate about getting involved with the community. She grew up in the town of Dunnville not far from Niagara Falls she has now returned to the region following the completion of school.
In 2017 Shelby graduated from the University of Toronto’s Master of Fine Art History program and was the recipient of the W. Bernard Herman Graduate Scholarship in Art History. Shelby also attended the University of Toronto for her Bachelor’s Degree where she completed a double major in Art History, and Renaissance Studies, as well as a minor in History.
Her previous experience includes working on the Video History of Medicine in Canada Project with the Friends of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, student positions with the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Norfolk Arts Centre, as well as volunteering at the Gardiner Museum.
Shelby is passionate about the arts and very excited to join the team at Niagara Arts Showcase!
Christie is the CEO/Founder of indie-rocks.ca working with musicians from all over the world. She is a promoter as well as an event planner. Christie is the lead vocalist/manager of the band Battered Ego, and is also the program director for the show All Indie with Bobby B on rbxradio.com each week.
Christie is currently embarking on the adventure of becoming an A&R rep as we speak. Her mission is to help build a stronger community within the independent music scene as well as being a strong supporter of her home town of Niagara Falls.
Community Integration Coordinator
James has dedicated the past 10 years of his life to serving the less fortunate and marginalized in Niagara and other communities across Ontario.
Even before graduating college James was already working on developing programs for Autism Ontario and the Canadian Mental Health association, as well as counselling homeless youth.
James is a trained and certified program writer and facilitator through the UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles), John Howard Society, and Brock University. He specialized in integrating art and social skills programming for individuals with developmental disabilities and has facilitated programs in universities across Ontario
After working at the Boy’s and Girl’s club’s Nightlight Youth Shelter, James spent the next 8 years as a caseworker with the Salvation Army Booth Center before moving on to Start Me Up Niagara to take on a regional program working closely with Niagara’s hardest to serve homeless.
Aside from serving the community as a profession, in 2015 James created a charity called I Am Human. Using his experience an artist, DJ and event coordinator the main focus of this charity is to raise money through arts and music to be donated to or used to help community focused organizations.
James is also a DJ and has been performing at and organizing events since the year 2000. The past few years have been great musically as he has had the opportunity to perform at the Niagara Music Awards, The Mayor’s Au Berg, Niagara Marathon, Welland’s Floatfest, as well as countless charity events. James is really looking forward to adding a spotlight on inclusivity and electronic music to the Niagara Arts showcase.
Children’s Art Coordinator
Rhiannon is a visual artist born on August 10th, 1982 in St.Catharinines Ontario. She has spent the largest majority of her childhood on the North Shore of Lake Superior and travels North periodically still. She now lives in St.Catharines where she creates whimsical acrylic paintings. She favours dream-like nature and water scenes, drawing from the Northern scenery of her youth. Her creations also include dreamcatchers and a variety of arts and crafts projects, utilizing an assortment of artistic mediums including glass, wood, clay and metals.
Rhiannon teaches beginner acrylic on canvas paint lessons to groups of all ages and skill levels. Rhiannon also offers self-reflection and de-stressing art classes. For more specific requests, Rhiannon offers group and individual artistic projects as a stimulus for healing and change for those who may be suffering from stress, anxiety, PDSD, trauma or depression.
When Rhiannon isn’t busy teaching art,Rhiannon enjoys her work at the Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre as their Volunteer Coordinator.
Rhiannon is also a staff representative on the Folk Arts Council’s 50th planning committee, where she is leading the 150 Mosaic Mural project, a contribution to the national community art project. As well, Rhiannon is advising on events and activities for the 50th Anniversary Festival of the longest consecutively running Cultural Festival in Canada.
You can see her work by visiting her Facebook Page: Art by Rhiannon
Providing organizational change management and coaching through her business Shift Consult Inc., Colleen’s corporate clients are within the financial services, retail, energy, and technology sectors. Colleen is known as a transformational change expert and creativity activist. With a roster of coaching clients across North America and Europe, including authors and artists, she is valued as an intuitive, strategic thinker and trusted advisor. She advocates everyone experience the freedom and joy in expressing their full creative power. Over the past six years her coaching expanded to entrepreneurs looking to identify their niche and/or scale their current business.
An author, Colleen’s book The Grandmother Legacies was digitally released in 2017, with paper release in February 2018. Her book Step Forward and Shine is scheduled for release in September 2018. Her latest book Callings of a Curious Heart: The Way of The Artist is slated for publication in early 2019.
Colleen has held executive positions at Great West Life, Manulife Financial, leadership roles at Rogers Communications Inc. and senior consulting roles with boutique firms. She holds a M.A. from Pacifica Graduate Institute (CA) and a B.A. from Brock University/University of Waterloo.
Her passions are painting, writing, gardening, learning to play the harp, and hiking by her cabin in the woods near Algonquin Park. She lives with her family in Niagara.
Ever since she was a little girl Joanna has always been artistic & liked arts & crafts, sewing, knitting, drawing & playing the piano. As a teenager she designed events & plays at her school & scouts. She studied Interior Decorating at Sheridan College and her favorite class was Art History. She is fascinated by Renaissance artists.
After graduating, Joanna worked as an Interior Designer at Roche Bobois, Downtown Toronto. She then moved to Dubai, UAE where she worked for a year as a Flight Attendant at Emirates Airlines. “I love traveling. I wanted to discover the world & get inspired by each & every culture, it was one of the best experiences I have had. To this day my husband & I like to travel as much as we can to refresh our energy & expand our creativity”.
She then went back to her field & passion for design; she worked as an Interior Designer at Ethan Allen. A couple of years later she established her own design business “Joanna Design Atelier”, where she designed various residential and commercial projects. “As a designer I believe that the most important thing is how the design makes you feel not just how it looks”.
Now she is back home to Niagara Falls and is happy to help her community through “Niagara Arts Showcase”.
Logistics Manager/Art Committee
I painted my first oil painting in 1967 at the age of fourteen and I was hooked. I continued to paint and study painting by attending group and private lessons as a teen but it wasn’t until I attended a life drawing class in college that I knew what I wanted to do. However for economic reasons my life took me off into another direction.
Upon graduation I worked and excelled in the fields of interior design, visual merchandising and graphic arts. For fifteen years I held the position of National Manager of Retail Sore Design and Visual Presentation for Sony if Canada, the Sony stores. I freelanced for many years in my own in retail store/fixture design, point of purchase design, graphic arts and visual presentation for such clients as Eaton’s, The Bay, Calvin Klein, Levi’s, Bowering’s and Elizabeth Taylor just to mention a few. I still continued to paint and attend evening classes in fine art at local universities and colleges.
However after many years of navigating successfully through the corporate world the excitement and glamour of that lifestyle began to fade away and become less important. What I really wanted to do was to paint full time, so I made the decision pack up and migrate back to my roots in the Niagara Peninsula to paint full time and have been doing it ever since.
My paintings depict the everyday and easily ignorable things that most people take for granted, emphasizing on colour, shape, light and shadow. I’ve learned over the years to break down my subject matter to it’s simplest form, eliminating the chaos and clutter to achieve and capture a more defined intensity.
A few artists that I admire are Canadian artists Christopher Pratt and Alex Colville.
I’m looking forward in sharing my extensive training and experience In fine art and design with the Niagara Arts Showcase Team to further aide in the increase of art appreciation and exposure in the Niagara Peninsula.
Neeto da Silva
Neeto comes from a film studies and photography background and has been passionately involved in different art mediums from an early age.
Her style of art can be best described as a metamorphosis of the human body with non-human elements. Through her artwork she endeavours to make an emotional connection with the viewer.
Over the past 8 years Neeto has worked in a professional capacity as a commercial photographer. She has photographed Toronto’s up and coming fashion designers and her work has appeared in multiple publications. Diversity is prevalent in her photographs as she strives to produce images that break the norm and push boundaries.
Neeto resides in St. Catharines with her husband Andrew and their two dogs, Moti and Al Capone.
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.