Studio Sixty Six gallery owner and director Carrie Colton has 30 years of experience as an accomplished graphic and interior designer, fine art painter, art consultant and curator. Colton originally studied design; graphics and interior. Later she studied fine art and painting at University of Ottawa and Ottawa School of Art.
Colton started Studio Sixty Six in 2013 with an objective to promote and foster artists whose work is driven by their lived experiences of the world around them and reflects a skilled mastery of their craft. Cultural diversity has, and always will be important to her. She believes that it is the gallery’s obligation to provide regional communities with diverse artistic experiences that elevate her artists’ artistic platforms and create discussions to inspire and engage audiences and collectors.
RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2009 – 2011 | Exposure Gallery Gallery Director, Curator
After re-designing the 2nd-floor restaurant space of Thyme and Again for owner Sheila Whyte, she established Exposure Gallery in 2009, as a multifaceted exhibition space to showcase emerging and established Canadian visual artists, with a focus on fine art photography. After organizing and curating fine art photography exhibitions for two years, Exposure Gallery partnered with the School of the Photographic Arts in Ottawa (SPAO). To this day, this collaboration continues to display the work of emerging and established photo-based artists associated with SPAO and the wider regional photographic community.