By Lorene Keitch

Pynelogs Art Gallery and Cultural Centre has welcomed an intern to the team for the busy summer season.

Melissa Kelly is working as an assistant curator this summer. Hailing from Mississauga, Ontario, Ms. Kelly is excited to get started and is looking forward to a busy summer season with the gallery.

My role kind of varies, Ms. Kelly shared. My main role is to help Jami (Scheffer, executive director), to be her right-hand girl.

Summer interns do everything from cleanup to hanging art shows, inventory, making sales and event planning. For Ms. Kelly, event planning is what she is most excited to be doing and is in fact why she was hired. Ms. Scheffer confirmed Ms. Kellys event-planning background attracted the board to hire her.

She has a lot of great skills; she has a lot of event-planning experience, which is what we do, said Ms. Scheffer.

The job is a good fit for Ms. Kelly and the location could not be beat. Her brother and his family moved to Invermere a couple years ago, providing her a place to stay a serious impediment for many people who want to work in the valley.

Ms. Kelly loves how Pynelogs focuses on local artists, supporting a vibrant local arts community, and the stunning location overlooking Lake Windermere. While she is not personally an artist, she appreciates art and finds that, especially when she travels, she makes sure to go to the local art galleries. Her first impressions of Invermere are all positive.

I love it. The location just walking here it was absolutely stunning,

she commented.

When not at work, Ms. Kelly hopes to do lots of hiking and camping in the region.

Ms. Kelly will be retuning to the University of Western Ontario in London in the fall, working on a business management degree with a career goal of working in human resources.

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