Board Of Directors

At our 2018 Annual General Meeting, a new Board was elected to head the Motion Gallery Society. It
is made of of extremely driven individuals with a desire to make Motion Gallery, the best
artist run gallery in all of Calgary. Here’s an introduction to each one and their positions
within the Society.


Viviana Pacheco – President

I am a Calgary, Alberta based artist. My passion for painting was reignited recently by attending a paint party, diving back to my favourite medium creating stylistic paintings using very linear, bold, and colourful strokes of acrylic paint on canvas. I studied graphic design at Selkirk college, with a strong sense of entrepreneurship and desire for unobstructed personal expression, I have launched a thriving art business that includes workshops, art classes, Canvas pARTies, and commissioned work.


Steve Gow – Director

Steve is a social entrepreneur, corporate lawyer and Canadian Forces veteran of the war in Afghanistan. His education includes a bachelor of arts and Juris Doctorate (JD) in law from the University of Calgary. Steve is the Co-Founder of www.UppstArt.ca, an online marketplace where art lovers can buy art from independent artists and resell it whenever they want with all transactions recorded using blockchain technology and resale royalties paid directly to artists. Steve is passionate about art and artists and loves working to grow Calgary’s arts & culture reputation in Canada and internationally.


Janice Mather – Director

I was born in Calgary and have lived here all my life. I have been drawing since I can
remember. At this young age I was supported and urged to love art by my parents, which I did! While I feel that I was born with an artist’s heart, I also completed degrees from both the University of Calgary and SAIT in Fine Art, Psychology and Interior Design. When I work, I apply my passion for creating while taking into account color, style and design in the world around me.

Curtis Brown – Director

Born and raised in Calgary, Curtis has always had an interest in the arts, be it visual or performance.Curtis took art classes from the very begining of grade school and ensured that he took it every year until he graduated High School. He learned the basics and fundamentals of art; such as shape, shadow, lighting, contrast, shading, colour theory etc.Since Curtis was born with Spinda Bifida and confined to a wheelchair, he spent much of his time during the winter season painting whiteware (kind of like ceramics without the kiln process), drawing and painting to pass the time. In the spring, summer and fall he would spend most of his time with his friends. He was always on the go doing something.Curtis attended SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) in 1999-2001. He took Cinema, Television, Stage and Radio. He majored in Radio Production and Minored in Creative Writing.

Later Curtis took on performance art by becoming a close-up, parlour and stage magician. He joined the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the local Calgary Magic Circle – Ring 66 Chapter to which he gained the role as President for a period of time. In 2007 he won an International Award for Stage Magic by taking 2nd place at the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians Conference Competition.

He then went on to do woodworking, making pens, wine stoppers, shaving razors and so on. It was then that he bought a box of chisels off Kijiji which had a Razertip SSD-10 woodburning system in it. He figured he would give it a try and he instantly fell in love with it. From there Curtis expanded his artistic skills to include pencil drawings, coloured pencil drawings, pastel drawings and acrylic paintings.

Curtis specializes in hyper-realistic pet and wildlife portraits.


Rod Lachmuth – Director

Born in Calgary Alberta, Rod is a Master Leather craftsman, Painter and Photographer. Rod has been part of the oil industry and has alternately pursued his artistic nature.Rod studied at the Alberta College of Art and a certificate in Visual design specializing in Art theory and practice from the University of Calgary.

Rod has sold many works which reside in private collections.


Patricia Ricafort – Director

I’ve been painting for the better part of my life. I went to art school in Vancouver far too many years ago. I started with the idea of leaving a potter but quickly fell in love with painting. I won Best Painting in my graduation year at school, have sold many pieces privately, and through several local art shows and events.
In 2016, I was given the opportunity for a fresh new start. In this new life, I have built a cozy little home studio (HErART Space) and am now working to balance studio time with the rest of life. Our home is populated with art – mine, my emerging artistic boy’s, friends’, and local artists.
Acrylic and mixed media on board and/or canvas. My work has moved away from angsty to a more introspective, and quiet body of personal and private exploration. I feel and created for the purpose and relief of getting whatever is inside out. Sometimes when I get stuck, I remind myself to let go of outcomes and just…play! I love colour and anything that invites me to interact with pieces – details, texture, text, and shiny things. I can’t describe my style, but when I see it, I see a reflection of the chaos and order that resides in me.
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