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Gallery director retiring to Santa Fe

February 04, 2004

JOYCE RUDOLPH

Jill Conner is retiring as gallery director at Brand Library Art

Galleries, a post she has had since August 1996. She has been

managing both the gallery and library for the past two years. Her

last day is Saturday.

The Alhambra resident is moving to Santa Fe, N.M., and plans to

explore opportunities in the art field there, she said.

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"I have friends there and have been visiting for three years," she

said. "It's an art colony and I feel very much at home there."

At Brand, Conner began an "artists talk" program so the public

could meet and talk to the artists about their creative processes.

Conner is one of the most creative and imaginative gallery

directors Brand Galleries have had, said her supervisor Carolyn

Flemming, one of the library administrators.

"She has been responsible for bringing children into the gallery

for the first time ever and for making the exhibits more exciting,

different and thought provoking," she said.

A goodbye party for Conner is planned from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at

Brand Art Galleries, before the 4 p.m. artist talk and 5 to 7 p.m.

reception heralding the new exhibits by Carolyn Applegate and J.J.

L'Heureaux. Brand Library is at 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale.

Conner's replacement has not been hired, Flemming said. The senior

library supervisor for Brand Library will be hired first, and that

person should be in place hopefully by the end of March, she said.

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