The Pembina Hills Arts Council is primarily staffed by an Administrative Coordinator, Krista Walters, and a Programs and Outreach Coordinator, Margie Hildebrand.
Crucial to our day to day operations, the Coordinators also rely heavily on Administrative Assistant, Tricia Dyck, and Financial Manager, Corey Hiebert.
Covering for Krista Walters (on maternity leave) is our Interim Administrative Coordinator, Patricia Hunt.
Margie Hildebrand – Programs & Outreach Coordinator – is an artist living in the town of Morden. She works in a variety of media ranging from drawing, watercolor and oils, to pottery and fabric art. Margie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 1987. Margie gets her inspiration from the experience of living in a small town. Many of her paintings try to capture the experiences of daily life here and the beauty of rural Southern Manitoba. Often they depict familiar places and people working, playing or doing everyday activities. Her love of color shows in her work.
Margie also loves doing pottery, which usually includes hand building and/or hand painted decoration. Recently her fairy houses and hobbit houses have been quite popular. Some of Margie’s art on public display are the murals in various locations around town. Margie’s work can be seen at prairielandartists.com and for sale at the Pembina Hills Art Centre or at her home studio. She is looking forward to connecting with artists and the community through classes and events inside and outside of the Gallery space.
Patricia Hunt – Interim Administrative Coordinator – has worked with the PHAC since 2014, as both an Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper. Presently, Trish is filling in for Krista, and there’s no task too big or small for this affable lady to whip into shape. With her attention to detail in both financial and administration matters, she has an invaluable role in the day-to-day operations of the Arts Council.
As an artist, she is the founder of Lasered Edge creative design, and has her hand in many creative endeavors throughout Manitoba. She is also a writing enthusiast and has recently completed a novel, which we hope she will put to print soon. In her spare time, she can be found pursuing her BA in English Literature with a minor in History.
Krista Walters (currently on maternity leave) joined PHAC as a casual Administrative Assistant, working once a week in the Gift Shop and Gallery. She is a mom, maker, and writer, who comes to PHAC with a background as a historian and humanities scholar. She received her MA in Canadian History at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg jointly, and brings a commitment to community involvement to her new position.
As an artist, she works primarily with fibre, and always has a project on knitting needles and a quilt in progress. Krista is interested in building on the established goal of highlighting the work of regional artists in the Gallery and Gift Shop, and hopes new artists will accept PHAC’s invitation to participate in member exhibitions, or consider applying to exhibit solo. She is excited to be a part of the Council in this more challenging role!
Tricia Dyck – Administrative Assistant started at the PHAC as a volunteer and is pleased to join the team in a part-time position. Along with her passion for the arts, she brings with her a strong set of administrative skills and a love for meeting new people. Tricia is a mother and student, currently pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Art (Art History) degree at the University of Manitoba. Tricia has thoroughly enjoyed working on the exhibitions at the PHAC over the past year, and plans to continue her pursuit of curatorial work in the future. Her interests include contemporary art installations and the usage of symbols in art throughout history. Tricia is fascinated with the inherent qualities of art to unite people, and bring awareness and truth into a public discourse.
Braelyn Koop – Summer Research Assistant, our full-time summer student has been a tremendous asset to our staff team. She is currently pursuing a psychology degree and is hoping to go into an art therapy career. She loves to draw, paint, and play piano in her free time, but most of all, she loves to play with her cats! Come say ‘hi’ this summer!