Black and Yellow Gallery hires new director
A new person has been recruited to help run Black and Yellow Gallery, located in East Vancouver’s Waldorf Hotel.
Allison Mander-Wionzek has been hired as director of the gallery by founder Graeme Berglund.
“The awesome thing about Black and Yellow is that it’s an experimental space, so we can do a lot with it,” Mander-Wionzek told the Straight. “In addition to that, the Waldorf is very open to having us there and using all of the space that is there.”
Among Mander-Wionzek’s goals are helping local postsecondary students build relationships with each other, encouraging creative people from different fields to collaborate, and organizing a sculpture project for emerging artists.
“A lot of what I want to do is focused on mentoring young artists through the process of exhibiting so that they can develop a lot of skills that will help them to get into other galleries or do other things in their career,” she said.
Mander-Wionzek was gallery manager at Buschlen Mowatt Galleries in Coal Harbour until it closed in 2011. She holds an undergraduate degree in art history from UBC.
To mark the start of her new role at Black and Yellow, Mander-Wionzek is curating a group exhibit titled Pin It to Me, which opens next Thursday (December 6).