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New Gallery Curator Sees Woodstock as "Emerging City"

"The opportunities are limitless." That's the assessment of Woodstock's new Art Gallery Curator, Sheila Perry, who has started in her new role with the city this week. Perry comes to Woodstock from St. John's Newfoundland where she was Director of the provincial art gallery. She says she's received a very warm welcoming in her first two days on the job. "People are friendly, supportive and full of enthusiasm. I think it is going to be a great experience because the first two days has shown this place to be willing, optimistic, and full of opportunity." Perry believes the city's investment in the Art Gallery is reflective of a growing and emerging city. "The space here for a city of this size is truly amazing. The galleries are gorgeous, the vaults wonderful. It says a lot about a city to actually invest in cultural infrastructure like this. I think it really does say that we are in growth mode and we are expanding as a city and as a culture." But at the same time, she believes they need to work towards appealing to more residents. "There's never just one community, or one public, there's many. And so if we start thinking about different audiences and what it is they are interested in in Woodstock. And then you take stock of what are we doing really well now, where are the opportunities, from that you learn where you should perhaps try to expand in the future."

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