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About the Jurors and Judges

Thelma Newbury, Jury Coordinator

Thelma Newbury is a Vancouver based Fibre Artist. She has organized fibre exhibitions and art shows for several organizations, including FAN, CQA and the South Surrey White Rock Art Society.  She enjoys working with bright colours and texture, exhibiting her artwork in both solo and group exhibitions.  Her work has been juried into national and international quilt and art shows and is in private collections in Canada and Europe.

Deb Fong - Juror
Privileged to grow up surrounded by art lovers, Deb Fong believed from an early age that she would be an artist. While enjoying successful careers in both the public and private sector, Deb’s passion for the arts never waned.  In 2019, she competed the Studio Art Program at Thompson Rivers University, where she co-curated 2 exhibitions. Currently Deb is the Gallerist at Gallery 635 in Kamloops, curating and presenting works by local and regional artists.  Though she considers painting her primary medium, she is also interested in 3D installations.  Her work has been shown at over 20 exhibitions locally.

Judy Weiss, Juror

Judy Weiss is an award-winning artist in mixed media textiles: contemporary combinations of fibre, cloth, stitch, and fine art materials. She is inspired by experiences of life, the passage of time, and the enduring beauty of the Canadian
landscape. Her art training includes a Fine Arts Certificate with Distinction from the University of Alberta, and numerous textile and surface design workshops with international and regional instructors. She is a member of local, provincial and
international arts organizations, and she presents workshops to help artists develop their goals and artistic voices. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the US, and New Zealand.

Marie E. Maltais - Juror
Marie E. Maltais is Director of the UNB Art Centre at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. She develops and curates exhibits and programs that engage the public in a dialogue about contemporary issues. Since 2011 the UNB Art
Centre she has been bringing awareness to environmental issues through art for the UN’s World Water Day initiative. In addition, she manages the UNB’s Permanent Collection of over 2000 artworks and non-credit programs like Leisure Learning and Design Works. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Toronto in Fine Art History and a Diploma in Experimental Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design.

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