A little about Adriana Afford (in her own words)
I began my career in art a looong looong time ago, in a galaxy far away-otherwise known as Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. I was encouraged by a very important woman in the history of Inuit Art in Canada (Alma Houston) to work for her at Houston North Gallery. I learned so much about art, but more so about people and how each of us expresses ourselves differently. I learned that you learn about art by looking and then more looking. I didn't intend on owing an art gallery. It's something that "just kind of happened." I studied with the intent to be a social worker as well as a journalist and attended University of King's College. Interestingly enough, I use the skill sets for both of those careers all the time being a gallery owner. I am interested in people, and am excited to share their visions with others, whether it be on the walls of a gallery or in the written word. I love every form of art- my first love was music growing up in a musical environment, but I appreciate all styles of art and can't imagine a world without it.
How did you hear about Timeraiser?
I found out about Timeraiser in the beginning from a few friends and then from Team Timeraiser staff member, Noorin. I was so taken with the idea of it...actually thought...There must be a catch! I actually find when I'm describing it to others, people like the idea but always say something like...so...wait? How does it work? The artists get PAID? And we can bid hours? Huh? They are stunned and then happily surprised.
Again, a lot of experiences over the years, but more most favourite has been volunteering at the ARK here in Halifax-during the year I have volunteered FOOD (hot casseroles, as I love to cook!) and over the holidays, I volunteer cards, postage etc...my time to help folks attending the only hot meal in Halifax- to write Christmas Cards to family and friends. Many can't write, certainly they can't afford the luxury of a card or postage. It's the simple things I find matter most. Creature comforts matter to us all. It's a reminder that we could all find ourselves needing extra help, in the form of food or anything, so it's important to give what we can when we can. It's also eye opening, as the people that are in need are not just who you may expect that need assistance. Addictions, mental health issues, job loss...anything can happen that changes everything in our lives. Humbling and meaningful always.
Your favourite piece of art?
I love so many works of art...impossible to name a favourite. I appreciate art in all it's forms.
Digital skills training
It's been great learning new tools to make collaborating online easier! I hope to apply much of what I have learned into my daily business dealings in the future. Everyone at Timeraiser has been very supportive and helpful. My only wish, is that I was able to start the training a week or two earlier than I had in the timeline of things, however learning on the job certainly makes the learning curve a shorter one! Praise be to Stephanie who will even take a call from me, during her off hours while on a street-car heading home. :-) .
Think hiring CA is a wonderful idea! I think you'll find each Timeraiser will have a stronger connection to the city and community of creatives than ever before. It will allow each event to take on a unique vision too and help grow it for years to come. I'm so excited to be doing this job and meeting so many great people.