Board of Directors

  • Executive (left to right): Steven Murray (Chair), Sue Chen (Vice-Chair), Eric Josipovic (Treasurer).
  • Board Members (left to right): Leah Kim Brighton, Jorge Carmona, Andrea deBruijn.
  • Board Members (left to right): Louise Flint, Katherine Frech, Yana Gagne, Vanessa Higgs.

STEVEN MURRAY
CHAIR, ARTIST BOARD MEMBER

Steven Murray was born and raised in Toronto, where he has worked in the grain industry for the past 39 years and currently manages the Toronto office for Parrish and Heimbecker. Steven had been involved with Open Studio since 2010 as an artist, volunteer, collector and as a member of the Print Sales Committee. He holds a degree in Art History from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the University of Guelph. He had been associated with a number of fundraising events over the past 14 years, including the Rebecca’s Hope Foundation.

SUE CHEN
VICE-CHAIR, ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER

Sue Chen is a branding and marketing specialist who is passionate about art and design. Sue holds an M.Arch degree from the University of Waterloo and joined the Open Studio Print Sales Committee in 2017. Open Studio introduced Sue to print art, which she had little prior knowledge of.  She is excited about the opportunity to serve the artist community and promote their work. Sue occasionally dabbles in ceramics and practices shodo (Chinese/Japanese calligraphy) and Sumi-e (watercolour). Her latest project is called 100 days of “Hana” (flower) where each day the Chinese character of the flower is written and painted using various calligraphic styles and motifs.

ERIC JOSIPOVIC
TREASURER, ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER

Eric Josipovic has twenty years of experience in the finance field and now provides financial, accounting and administrative consulting services to precious metals mining companies. Most recently, he provided consulting support to a private gold mining company undertaking its initial public offering on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Eric is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) and holds both a BA (Economics) and MBA from the University of Toronto. Eric began his involvement with Open Studio as a member of the Finance Committee. Before this, he was an information ambassador with Nuit Blanche in Toronto in 2014 and 2015. Having been raised in a family-run printing business, Eric is intrigued to observe the expression of ink and paper in an artistic environment.

LEAH KIM BRIGHTON
ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER

Leah Kim Brighton has been engaged with numerous communities throughout her career. She founded two non-profit organizations, one in Vancouver, BC and another in Ottawa, Ontario. Each has served to bring individuals together to celebrate culture and community. She’s long been passionate about the arts and has been an active participant in all of the cities she’s resided in.

JORGE CARMONA
ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER

Jorge Carmona is a native Torontonian with a background in Business Administration and Sales. In his current role as a Sales Executive, his focus is on strategic planning, marketing, branding, systems implementation, executive recruitment, training and development. 

ANDREA DEBRUIJN
ARTIST BOARD MEMBER

Andrea deBruijn has been hooked on printmaking for over ten years. She earned her BFA with a concentration in print media from Concordia University and was selected for the 2014-2015 Studio Practicum in printmaking at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Andrea joined Open Studio in 2018 as an artist member and began serving on the Board of Directors in 2020. Her ongoing print projects combine woodcut, monotype, and installation processes to explore ideas of home and belonging. When she’s not at the studio, Andrea enjoys riding her bike or getting to know a new place on foot. She currently lives in Sackville, New Brunswick, where she works as the Printmaking Technician at Mount Allison University.

LOUISE FLINT
ARTIST BOARD MEMBER

Louise Flint is a Toronto-based artist working in printmaking, drawing and metalsmithing. Her current focus is intaglio printmaking. She holds a BFA from York University with a specialization in printmaking and a diploma in Jewellery Arts from George Brown College. Outside of art practice, Louise is a business analyst in the financial services industry, working in business gap analysis/process mapping and data analytics. Louise has recently volunteered at Open Studio’s Artist Proof Sale.

KATHERINE FRECH
ARTIST BOARD MEMBER

Katherine Frech is a graduate of George Brown College Graphic Design, a certified Project Management Professional, and currently working at Nexus Communications as Director, Project Management. Her professional affiliations include PMI SOC and CMA including past chair of the Postal Relations Committee. Katherine became involved with Open Studio in 2013 with an Introduction to Etching. Since then, she has been an active member of Open Studio participating as an artist, volunteer, Programming Committee and Board member since 2017.

YANA GAGNE
ARTIST BOARD MEMBER

Yana Gagne had a tough decision as a teenager – follow her passion (art) or, in her young mind, get a “good” job. After seriously considering going to OCAD, her pragmatic side won and she went on to earn a math degree from the University of Waterloo. A successful career in finance followed, culminating in raising capital from private equity markets to co-found Aurigen Reinsurance Company in 2007. All good, exciting even, but she hadn’t forgotten about her passion. In 2015, Yana made the decision to step away from the corporate world and focus on art. She now has a Digital Media Certificate from OCADu and has taken screenprinting and letterpress printing classes at Open Studio. Yana became an artist member in 2018, participated in her first Artist Proof Fundraiser and volunteers her time regularly.

VANESSA HIGGS
ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBER

Vanessa Higgs has 20 years of experience working in Toronto’s culture sector. As the City of Toronto Senior Arts Consultant, Vanessa has worked on the programming teams for various City arts initiatives such as the Cultural Hotspot, Canada 150 celebrations, Doors Open and Nuit Blanche, with a focus on the engagement of equity seeking groups. She is the founder of the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre Artist in Residence Program, and manages the Assembly Hall Cultural Centre and the Etobicoke Civic Centre Gallery. Vanessa’s collaborative art project Print19 allows her to conjure, create and produce screen printed “stuff” available through exhibitions, studio sales and stores. When not at work, you can often find Vanessa riding her bike to openings or travelling longer distances, especially for street art around the world.