Meet Our Curators


To handpick the individual visual artists, musicians, photographers and film makers who will be a part of our Series Two label collection officially launching mid-December, we’ve called about respected industry leaders from various areas of the art world.

We wholeheartedly believe the creativity of our brew should spill to the outside of our bottles and championing these emerging artists to give them a new and unique platform to display their works in what we think is a pretty cool pop-up gallery. Read on to discover our curators extraordinaire who are helping us do just that:

Mixed Media Artist, Stan Olthuis

Blue Jays Brock 0625copyStan is a Dutch/Canadian visual artist who works primarily in painting and mixed media. He is a graduate of OCAD with special mention who also studied printmaking, painting and art history in both Chicago and Toronto.

His current projects take inspiration from the street where he’s intrigued by time’s effects on the city’s surfaces; worn and weather-beaten and layered with random marks that people leave resulting in accidental beauty. As such, his art appropriately involves such media as mis-tinted house paint, street posters and weathered wood surfaces. He executes his pieces primarily on wood surfaces using tradesmen’s trowels, scrapers, and power tools. This juxtaposition of the sophisticated handling of such rough materials and the raw nature of the process produces an energetic visual that leaves an awe-inspiring effect. Stan exhibits in solo and group shows, including numerous private collections in Canada and the US as well as solo corporate installations. His first overseas exhibition is scheduled for March 2014 in Japan.

Stan is also a consignment artist with the Art Gallery of Ontario, adding one more impressive element to his ever-growing belt of achievements.

As an artist and art educator who is regularly called upon to speak and provide curatorial or judging expertise in juried art exhibitions, Stan was an obvious choice for Collective Arts Brewing’s Series Two Expert Curator Panel.

Canadian Music Critic, Ben Rayner

Ben Rayner HeadshotBen Rayner is a Canadian music critic and pop-culture columnist who’s been lucky enough to hold down a steady job at the Toronto Star since 1998. Prior to that, he worked for the Ottawa Sun for a spell and, over the years, his writing has also appeared in publications as diverse as XLR8R, Fashion, Gasoline and His commentary on artists is extensively cited across the industry. In 2012, he served on the jury for Polaris Music Prize.

Rayner’s chief musical passions include Joy Division, searing feedback and brutally efficient techno, but you’ll find everything from Norwegian black metal to Kylie Minogue on his iPod. He’s pretty easy to get along with.

Ben brings a music connoisseur perspective (and a sardonic wit) to the Series Two Curator Panel.

President of The Design Exchange, Shauna Levy

ShaunaLevy_2_54-(1)Shauna Levy is currently the President of the Design Exchange, Canada’s Design Museum that offers renowned traveling exhibits from prestigious cultural institutions across the globe, a new city-wide cultural component, a greater focus on educational experiences for the public, including youth and adults, and a rollout of programming that will extend across the country – and that’s just a small snapshot of the vast impact The DX has brought to Canada’s design realm.

As Former Vice President of MMPI Canada, one of the largest trade show producers in the world, Shauna co-founded the internationally-acclaimed Interior Design Show (IDS), which she developed into one of the largest contemporary design fairs in North America. Regarded as a pillar in the Canadian design community, Shauna was instrumental in positioning the City of Toronto as an international design destination. Shauna brought some of the world’s most creative design minds to Canada, including Italian architect Piero Lissoni, French designer Jean-Marie Massaud, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, and American architect Joshua Prince-Ramus. Using her expertise in sponsorship and her vast network of contacts, she generated over $40M in revenue during her 15 year tenure at IDS. Additionally, Shauna curated all programming for the show and masterminded the marketing and operational vision, which inspired over 600,000 visitors to attend the four-day festival since its inception.

We are so pleased to have this esteemed industry-insider as a part of our Series Two Curator Panel.

Co-Founder of Collective Arts Brewing, Matt Johnson

mattAn avid craft brew and music enthusiast, Matt’s appreciation for creativity has led to his co-founding of Collective Arts Brewing. An 11-year brewing industry veteran, Matt has worked with breweries big and small, ranging from the Boston Beer Company to being the co-creator of Hop City Brewing Co. With a keen eye for emerging talent before it hits the mainstream, Matt brings a unique perspective to the curation table.

Co-founders Bob and Matt will help curate Series Two on behalf of Collective Arts Brewing, lending a voice for the team who come from all walks of the art and creative sectors. Together, Collective Arts Brewing and our panel will ultimately bring the concept of Art + Brew to life with our 50 Series Two Artists. Let the journey of the senses begin, round two!

Co-Founder of Collective Arts Brewing, Bob Russell

bobBob is a craft beer lover and home brewer. As creative director and owner of Russell Branding, a leading North American brand and design firm, Bob created the brands for some of North America’s leading breweries. Bob’s expertise in design has had him leading brand strategy and design projects across many business sectors including consumer goods, financial services, telecommunications, technology, health and beauty, sports and leisure, spirits and hospitality. Bob’s clients have included Charles River Venture, Moosehead Breweries, Accelio (Adobe), Bell, Fidelity Investments, Nestlé, Kellogg and RSA Security (an EMC2 Company). His work has been published in Print, Communication Arts, Design Arts Quarterly, Financial Post, Marketing Magazine, and Strategy Magazine.

Bob, a Canadian and US dual-citizen, spends time in both Toronto and Stowe, Vermont, where his love of Telemark skiing and mountain biking keep him outdoors during his free time.

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