The Dawson Creek Art Gallery has welcomed Duncan Malkinson as its new executive director, who officially stepped into the role last Friday.
Born and raised in Mile Zero, Malkinson said he’s thrilled to be back in the Peace region.
“The gallery’s just such an institution, it’s an opportunity to see how its vision could be advanced and what kind of programming opportunities might be able to be pushed forward,” he said. “The gallery is iconic in a way, and I think there’s a lot of wonderful history there too. To be able to help it be that cornerstone for the arts is pretty humbling."
Previous executive director Marsha Stewart has held the position since 2018 and welcomed Malkinson with a small get together last week at the gallery, while also kicking off its latest exhibit.
Malkinson left the region in 2014 to pursue an economics degree at UNBC. He’s been working in Smithers as the town’s director of corporate service for the past year and was also the executive director for the Northern Undergraduate Student Society in Prince George.
Before he left Dawson Creek, Malkinson volunteered at the local ski hill, golf course, and more. He wants to get back to building relationships in the community.
“I just think it’s beautiful here. I like the big skies, I like the clean air. There’s so many great people here too that are community minded and just want to make things better,” he said.
The gallery’s latest exhibit, ‘In the Summertime’, features artwork from members of the South Peace Art Society. Running until Aug. 12, the regional show is a mix of acrylic and oil paintings, pencil and charcoal, watercolours, photography, and printmaking.
Tom Summer, Alaska Highway News, Local Journalism Initiative.
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