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Letter from Mary Kenny to Roger Savage

Item is a letter from Mary Kenny to Roger Savage written on July 2, 1974. In the letter, Kenny accepts an offer from Karl MacKeeman to serve on the Board of Directors of Eye Level Gallery. Kelly offers her services as a photographer or as coordinator of TELED's Media Resource Centre.

Minutes of a board of directors meeting

Item is typed meeting minutes of the Board of Directors at Eye Level Galley which happened on March 27, 1975 at 5785 West Street in Halifax. This meeting had David Haigh, Karl MacKeeman, Don Purdy, Joyce Hanson, Hatti Pretniss, Ketih Laws, Julia Schmitt Healy and John Greer present. During the meeting Michael Fernandes brought up communication issues regarding the lack of input and intentions between the gallery and its members. Other topics of conversation included funding, the roles of the board, becoming non-profit, and membership exhibitions.

General membership meeting memo

Item is memo for a general membership meeting that happened at the Eye Level Gallery on April 17, 1975. The letter identified agenda items, which included a discussion policy, the slide bank, a gallery newsletter and a new space for next year. The letter is from Julia Schmitt Healy.

Resignation of David Haigh

Item is a letter from David Haigh outlining the reasons why he resigned from his position on the Board of Directors of Eye Level Gallery.

Board of directors meeting minutes

Item is a typed minutes of a Board of Directors meeting held on April 24, 1975 at the Eye Level Gallery. Present members were: Mary Kenny, Hatti Prentise, Don Purdy, Ketiher Laws, Roger Savage, John Greer, Karl MacKeeman, Julia Schmitt Healy, and David Haigh. The main topics discussed at the meeting included upcoming exhibitions and resignations of members.

Letter to the board of Eye Level Gallery from Marina Stewart

Item is a letter to the Board of Directors of Eye Level Gallery from Marina Stewart. In the letter she raises issues regarding the members' involvement in a recent show "Grassroots". Stewart addresses her issues with the gallery's finances, funding and members of the board.

Coordinator's job description

Item is a typed document from Julia Schmitt Healy that outlines the Coordinator's job description after her resigned from the position. The document was written "off the top of my head" by Schmitt and is not organized. The document was pinned on the bullet board at the Eye Level Galley.

Minutes of a meeting of the Eye Level Gallery Board of Directors

Item is typescript set of minutes of the first meeting of the Board of Directors of Eye Level Gallery, held at Pier One Theatre on October 24, 1974. Roger Savage was elected chairperson, Julia Schmitt Healy was elected secretary, and Keith Laws was elected treasurer. The decisions made at this meeting demonstrate the artists' forced struggle to manage the administrative and commercial aspects of operating an alternative gallery. The board decided that Healy would fill the salaried position of gallery coordinator even though she was also a sitting board member. The board also ensured that the artists on the board had more voting power than the non-artists who were there primarily to provide guidance on the administration of the gallery. But, in an effort to avoid conflicts regarding programming, the board also decided to make sitting members ineligible for one-person shows.

In terms of the commercial aspects of the gallery, the board decided that the gallery priorities "would be to exhibit innovative work not necessarily "saluble" work." The board also decided that "sales would be encouraged" and that they might "mount a membership auction of artwork." The board approved a Christmas-time show called "50 bucks and under" to provide an opportunity for members to sell works that would be affordable to consumers who might be shopping for Christmas presents. These decisions reflect an effort to balance the financial needs of members of the Eye Level Gallery Society with the membership's concerns regarding the commercialism of the mainstream art world.

Minutes of the board's meeting from May 28, 1975

Item is minutes from the board's meeting on May 28, 1975 at the Eye Level Gallery. Members present included Roger Savage, K. MacKeeman, John Greer, Hatti Prentiss, D. Purdy, and Joyce Hanson. The main issue discussed the resignation of the Coordinator, therefore the board voted that no board member could fill the coordinator position, which would have its own selection committee.

Minutes from June 26, 1975 board meeting

Item consists of handwritten minutes from a board meeting of the Eye Level Gallery from June 26, 1975. Present as the meeting was Roger Savage, John Greer, Julia Schmitt Healy, Karl MacKeeman and Hatti Prentiss. The meeting discussed various issues related to the operation of the gallery.

Letter to the Joseph Howe Festival

Item is a letter to the Joseph Howe Festival from Roger Savage regarding an exhibition of recent work by artists happening at the Eye Level Gallery.

Minutes from a Board meeting held on August 28, 1975

Item is minutes from a board members meeting which was attended by Hattie Prentice, John Greer, Karl MacKeeman, David Sayer, and Joyce Hanson. The meeting addressed a variety of issues, such as recent events at the gallery, funding, board members and future shows.

Minutes from a Board meeting held on September 25, 1975

Item is a set of meeting minutes from a board meeting, which was attended by Hatti Prentiss, Roger Savage, Janet Dunbrack, Karl MacKeeman, Michael Fernandes, Joyce Hanson and Sue Beaver. Various issues were discussed, including administrative business, projects and events happening at Eye Level.

Letter from Julia Schmitt Healy to Ron Shuebrook

Item is a letter from Julia Schmitt Healy to Ron Shuebrook concerning his omission from the Board of Directors of Eye Level Gallery. In the letter, Healy reveals that the selection process was "basically fascism prompted by our Catch-22 situation: To apply for the grant we had to have a board of directors yet we had no members who, under a true co-operative would elect the board." She invites Shuebrook to contribute a piece to the gallery's first show, Peggy's Cove Syndrome.

Minutes from a general members meeting held on October 16, 1975

Item consists of meeting minutes from a general members meeting at the Eye Level Gallery. Topics discussed at this meeting included nominating members, the gallery's budget, a new space, a Atlantic Print workshop, the Last Tango auction, the gallery's cleanliness, calendar project, life drawing classes and a visual arts conference. Item also has a list of the attendees of the meeting.

Notes from a board meeting held on October 30, 1975

Item consists of notes, minutes from a board meeting, and a proposal from the Atlantic Print Workshop Association. Issues discussed at the meeting involved old business from the last meeting, a new location, charges and costs of facilities, and events.

Minutes from a board meeting held on November 27, 1975

Item consists of meeting minutes. This meeting discussed various topics, such as policies, membership, events, and the operational structure of the gallery itself. Item also contains a document showing the format for show proposals. Item also includes a list of suggested modifications to the Eye Level Gallery in order to obtain success which was presented at this meeting.

Memo the general members of Eye Level Gallery

Item consists of a memo to the general members of Eye Level Gallery about the gallery's recent change "to combine a core group with a membership". The memo also addresses dissatisfaction among the members of the gallery, and that proposals regarding the issues would be welcome to be sent to the gallery's board.

Recommendations to the board of directors

Item is a typed set of recommendations "concerning the reorganization of the structure and status of general membership and Board of Directors of Eye Level Gallery." This document reflects the results of a meeting held on November 27, 1975, when the gallery changed its membership structure to be a core group with a membership, which had affected fees, commitment and the Board of Directors.

List of first directors of Eye Level Gallery Society

Item is a list of the first directors of the Eye Level Gallery Society, created on November 21, 1974. The list identifies ten individuals who were to serve on the board until November 18, 1975: John Greer (artist), David Haigh (artist), Joyce Hanson (artist), Julia Schmitt Healy (artist), Mary Kenny (photographer), Keith Laws (accountant), Karl MacKeeman (artist), Hatti Prentiss (writer), Donald Purdy (businessman), and Roger Savage (artist).

Minutes from an Eye Level Gallery core meeting held on December 18, 1975

Item is a typed set of meeting minutes for a core meeting at Eye Level Gallery. Members present included Roger Savage, John Greer, Ron Shuebrook, Jon Purdy, Janet Dunbrack, Karl MacKeeman, Joyce Hanson and Peter Leverman. Topics discussed at this meeting included finances, employees, the gallery's operating hours, the gallery's facilities and a schedule of upcoming shows during the Winter and Spring of 1976.

Museum Assistance Programmes : [report]

Item is a typed document entitled "Museum Assistance Programmes" from the National Museums of Canada organization based in Ottawa. The report lists the different methods an institution can qualify to receive funding.

Letter from Ron Savage requesting Items to be added to a meeting agenda

Item is a handwritten note from Ron Savage to Susan Beaver about the tasks that needed to be completed before a Canada Council representative was at Eye Level Gallery. Ron also wrote about items to be added to the agenda of the next meeting, in order to get others to help out in the preparation of the gallery space for the Canada Council, and for the general public.

Resignation letters from Sue Beaver and Ron Shuebrook

Item is a resignation letter from Sue Beaver from the Co-ordinator position and Ron Shuebrook from the Board of Directors and General Membership at Eye Level Gallery. Sue writes eight reasons for her resignation from the Co-ordinator position on January 15, 1976, which includes a lack of respect, unrealistic attitudes regarding money, lack of firm definitions and policies and practices which she regards as immoral and unethical. Ron writes in his letter from January 21, 1976 that there are many reasons for his resignation, which includes a lack of professionalism, a financial crisis of the gallery which was a result of unprofessional behaviour, and his move to Canning, Nova Scotia which left him feeling disconnected from the gallery.

Also included in the item is a letter to members of the Eye Level Gallery stating an urgent matter has come up and a meeting needed to happen on January 15, 1976 at Eye Level by Michael Fernandes and Sue Beaver. A letter addressed to Sue Beaver from Brenda Wallace, the Visual Arts Officer for the Program of Assistance to Art Galleries and Museums states her acceptance of Beaver's resignation from the Eye Level Gallery.

Minutes from a general membership meeting held on January 29, 1976

Item is a typed record of meeting minutes from a General Membership meeting. Items discussed included a Board Members report by Hatti Prentiss, a financial report by Roger Savage, and a proposal by Garry Conway. Item also includes the proposal to the Eye Level Gallery by Garry Conway, which included changing the name of the Co-ordinator position to "Director" as the title reflects the role more appropriately. He also proposes that the policies of the gallery will be the responsibility of the Board of Directors. Conway ends his proposal by stating his interest in taking on the role of the Co-ordinator or Director position.

Report to the members of Eye Level Gallery

Item is a report sent to the members of Eye Level Gallery to make note of and bring awareness to the important issues that were discussed at the last Board of Directors meeting. Sue Beaver resigned from the position of Co-ordinator, which was accepted by the Board. Ron Savage presented on a financial report of the gallery's funds, which was a "discovery that the Gallery is in serious financial difficulties". Michael Fernandes presented a proposal for the structural reorganization of Eye Level Gallery.

Minutes from a Board of Directors meeting held on January 29, 1976

Item is a Board of Directors meeting minutes at Eye Level Gallery. Members present includes Roger Savage, John Greer, Peter Leverman, Joyce Hanson, Karl MacKeeman and Garry Conway. The board accepted the resignations of Ron Shuebrook, Michael Fernandes and Janet Dunbrack. Other items discussed included: opening of a new bank account, funds to send Gary Conway to a conference on alternative galleries in Ottawa, and a motion to charge 30% commission on the sale of artwork. Roger Savage provided a financial report.

Item also includes a resignation letter by Keith Laws from the Director of the Gallery position from January 29, 1976.

Letter to Ron Shuebrook regarding resignation

Item is a letter to Ron Shuebrook from Garry Conway about Shuebrook's resignation from the Eye Level Gallery's Board of Directors. Conway acknowledges the reasons for Shuebrook's resignation, but states that it is the lack of management and administration skills that have lead to the current dismay that the gallery is in.

Minutes from Board of Directors meeting held on February 4, 1976

Item consists of minutes from a Board of Directors meeting. Members present included Peter Leverman, Roger Savage, Joyce Hanson and Karl MacKeeman. Topics discussed were regarding equipment, insurance, fees for artists, an auction to be in April, and a life drawing class.

Minutes of a meeting of the Eye Level Gallery Board of Directors

Item is handwritten set of minutes of the second meeting of the Board of Directors of Eye Level Gallery, held at an unknown location on November 28, 1974. Present members were John Greer, David Haigh, Karl MacKeeman, Julia Schmitt Healy, and Roger Savage. The lack of any non-artists meant the board did not have quorum according to the rules outlined in the minutes of the first meeting. Nevertheless, the board had a full meeting and made a number of decisions, including the approval of a Michael Fernandes show in January 1975. The board also expressed hope that the Nova Scotia Department of Recreation would "help solve" a budget deficit by providing funds. The membership's early interest in the documentation of the gallery's activities are reflected in the board's decision to photograph each show but not provide an honorarium to photographers.

Minutes from a board of directors meeting held on May 4, 1976

Item consists of meeting minutes which had members Greer, Savage, MacKeeman, Hanson, and Leverman present. Topics discussed at this meeting includes: life-drawing sessions, gallery closing over July and August, a Vancouver-based performance group "Circus Minimus" performing at the gallery, finances, Halifax City Grant, CANPAC, funding, facilities, and future exhibits.

Minutes of a board of directors meeting held on May 27, 1976

Item consists of minutes from a Board of Directors meeting where Prentiss, Greer, Ssavage, Conway and Hanson were present. Issues discussed at the meeting included "old business" from the last meeting and new topics such as: funding, membership, core meetings, press releases, and facilities.

Agenda for a members meeting

Item consists of an agenda for a general members meeting. Topics listed for discussion are: the gallery's progress, grant applications, Parallel Gallery meeting in Ottawa, summer closure of the gallery, event proposals and volunteers.
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