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Monday, October 20, 2014

Linda and Olinda Celebrate Anniversaries at the RMG

Last week was an exciting one at the RMGand we had plenty to celebrate. We had two important anniversaries among our staff. The first was our Senior Curator, Linda Jansma, who celebrated 25 years working with the RMG. The second was our Director of Finance and Administration, Olinda Casimiro, who celebrated 20 years at the gallery.

We asked Linda Jansma about her experiences working at the RMG and she replied:

“After 25 years – that’s a difficult one to answer!┬áMy interactions with artist has always been the best part of the job – I really see it as a privilege to be witness to the artistic process. But here are my top three memories…

The Samuel Roy-Bois exhibition that we collaborated on with the SAAG is memorable – I’m slightly claustrophobic and we had to build a 60′ enclosed corridor that had absolutely no light seepage — the idea was for people to be disoriented before the big reveal when a door was opened. And it didn’t matter how many times I went in there – my heart did a skip every time the door was closed behind me…

Finding a grant that allowed Ed Pien to go to China and research what would become his amazing series of paper cuts — and being able to show one of the first ones he’d created here in Oshawa. Finally – working with amazing people, over the years, with whom I could share a vision/interest/love of art!”

Thank you both for your contributions to the gallery – cheers to more years at the RMG!