Arts for Everyone

We would like to thank retiring board member Pat Higinbotham and wish her well with her new practice that incorporates art therapy and creative play with companionship for people with Alzheimer’s. We also would like to thank retiring Chair Laurel Tien as well as Secretary Heather-jane Robertson for their years of service to Semiahmoo Arts. Their hard work and dedication have been integral to the important advances we have made as a Society.

Board of Directors

About Sandy Cave

Acting Chair, Treasurer

Sandy resides in Crescent Beach, and enjoys the relaxed lifestyle, the beach, her two chocolate labs, and friendly village neighbourhood. She is involved in the Community as a member of the Crescent Beach Property Owners Association, Block Watch captain, the Fraser Valley Potters Guild, Vice-President of the Semiahmoo Potters Society, and Acting President and Treasurer of the Semiahmoo Arts Society. She also monitors the Pottery Studio and organizes the Crescent Beach and White Rock Pottery Pop-Up Shows.
Sandy is currently working as a Finance Consultant, and has held various roles in accounting, systems, and payroll management. Before her career in finance, she worked with children as a preschool and daycare supervisor and kindergarten teacher.
Many of Sandy’s hobbies focus on the arts. Pottery is her current passion, but she also enjoys sewing, quilting, costume and floral design, as well as mosaic tiles, stained glass, and recently watercolour painting.

About Daphne Tate

Acting Vice President

Daphne has been a local business owner for over 20 years and a potter for over 30 years. She is currently the President of the Semiahmoo Potters Society. Daphne has many years of volunteering especially in the school system which included opening a new school in Edmonton.

About Lisa Westendorf

Acting Secretary

Lisa is a Chartered Professional of Human Resources with a solid foundation of business knowledge based on over 17 years of experience.  Lisa’s lifelong passion for the arts has resulted in her studying both fine art and music, and she is currently a casual plein air, and studio painter.  Lisa believes that art serves an important function with it’s ability to inspire, provoke thought and creativity, and bring the community together in interesting ways.  Lisa strongly supports the Semiahmoo Arts Society’s inclusive and welcoming environment and is excited to work with the Semiahmoo Arts Society to advance local interest in art for all members of the community.

About Bill Noy


Bill has lived in White Rock/ South Surrey for over 30 years and is a realtor with Hugh and McKinnon Realty. He contributes as volunteer crew with Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.

As a board member of the Semiahmoo Peninsula Marine Rescue Society Bill works to raise funds for local marine search and rescue.

A graduate of Emily Carr College of Art, Bill also has a lifelong interest in the visual arts. He also has a background in web design and marketing and has played a large role in this website.

About Corry Kritcos


Corry Kriticos is a Building Manager for Porte Realty in White Rock.
He has also volunteered and worked for Vancouver/Kingston Ontario police department.
“My passion is photography which is a desire of expression with intention to capture photo’s that speak it’s truths.”

About Jaylene Qin

Jaylene grew up in China and immigrated to Canada five years ago. She is an entrepreneur with extensive marketing and sales experience, a journalist, columnist, photographer, and art enthusiast of various media. She truly admires and loves Canadian multiculturalism, and believes that aesthetics are vital, from small, or individual to large as a nation. She is currently a full-time mother of three lovely and energetic sons and hopes to add value and contribute to our community, as well as encourage more people to appreciate and fall in love with art.

About Helmut Gruntorad

Helmut was born and educated in the multifaceted City of Arts, Vienna, Austria. He attended the Austrian Vocational School for Gold and Silversmiths Vienna, completed 4 years of apprenticeship, and the Famous Photographers School by correspondence.  He moved to Canada in 1972 and spent over 40 years in advertising and marketing, with emphasis on Graphic Design, Photography, Trade Show Both Design and Construction. He was the recipient of the 2019 Arts Council of Surrey Outstanding Service to the Arts Award.  Volunteering has always been his focus and continues during his retirement.


About Ulee Maschaykh

Executive Director

Ulee is an art/urban historian with an interest in art, architecture, urbanism and the impact of cities on people’s lives. She is passionate about sustainability, affordability and inclusivity in urban communities. Through her international studies and work experience in Germany, Canada and New Zealand she has gained a diverse and intercultural understanding of how cultures, arts and cities build inclusive communities.

Ulee strongly believes that various arts forms have the power to bring people from all backgrounds together, through inventively and creatively planned placemaking events.

In this regard she is impressed by the intangible qualities of social dynamics that exist in White Rock and the opportunities the city provides to foster innovation and human interactions.

About Bobbie Hammersley

Art Class Programmer, Pottery Studio Coordinator

Bobbie is the head programmer at Semiahmoo Arts. She works closely with the City of Surrey to promote our Society’s arts programs.

She also has degrees Geography and Classics and has worked in the environmental field, as a consultant and in the arts as an educator. She has a special interest in helping children develop a deeper connection to the natural world and endeavors to teach environmental stewardship to them.

About Angela Hopkins

Pottery Studio Technician

Angela first came across clay when she made pinch pots in preschool and has been captivated by it as a medium ever since. Having grown up on the BC Coast, her work is organic and draws heavily from nature as inspiration.

After graduating from Emily Carr, she became a founding member of the Dusty Babes Collective, an all-female artist group who share a studio in South Surrey.

About Mitra Mahmoodi

Pottery Studio Technician

Mitra is an emerging artist based in Vancouver, Canada.

She graduated in 2009 in Economics back home in Iran. Soon After immigrating to Canada she fell in love with Ceramics and commenced her career as a ceramist in 2011. She took her journey in Ceramics into the next level by starting her education in Ceramic Design at University of Arts London,UK. After two years receiving her diploma from UAL, she moved back to Vancouver, and transferred her education to Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Studying in these two universities helped her to expose herself to broad opportunities and a range of methodologies. This time she tried not to just work in the studio, but to see clay as a tool to move it to the real world, and challenging people’s perception of the material.

Her work has been exhibited at group shows at Medalta, the historic clay district in Medicine Hat, Alberta, the Pangolin London, Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins and The Wedgwood Museum in the UK.

About Emily

Canada Summer Student

Emily is studying Political Science at the University of Calgary, she is also a graduate of Semiahmoo Secondary and was part of their music program. Emily is passionate about music playing three instruments, she is also interested in dance and travel. Emily will be working in community engagement and is excited to support and meet the community of artists in the Semiahmoo Arts Society.

Our SFU Team

About Nico Hernandez

Nico is completing his BSc in Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University. He maintains our website and assists in various exhibits, as well as creating our social media visuals and promotional materials. Nico intends to make a mark in the field of User Interface/User Experience design, and working full-time after graduation.

About Alexander Montagano

Alexander is studying Marketing at Simon Fraser University. He is passionate about all forms of art and finds endless fascination in the human imagination and its creative impulses. He loves engaging with local artists, learning about the stories behind their creations and promoting their works online. He hopes that his work will help bring beauty and joy to the local community, and highlight the creative brilliance that surrounds them.