Karen Friis

Contact Name
Karen Friis
Contact Title
Operations Manager

Karen Friis recently sold Southampton’s Duffy’s Fish & Chips to pursue a more art inspired life.  She has since found a home at Southampton Arts.

Karen graduated Fashion Design from the Academy of Design in Toronto in 2005.   She opened a successful collective shop for Toronto designers, and artists, in the popular Queen West area. 

After a couple of years in Queen West she found her way to the beautiful shores of Lake Huron.

After 12 years the pandemic took its natural toll on her restaurant business and she found the transition from restaurant owner/operator to gallery manager a natural one.   Her background working with designers and artists makes this position ideal. Add to that her decades of experience in business management makes this a perfect match.

Karen Friis now serves as Operations Manager of Southampton Arts.  She is thrilled at this exciting opportunity.   Karen says “I’m honoured and humbled by the amazing artists in our community. It’s a privilege to be surrounded by their work every day.”

“It’s my intention to continue the fine work of previous management and to also implement new ideas and more inclusive community oriented  projects.” 

“Come see what’s new at the Art Gallery, it’s always changing, or register for one of our many expertly taught art classes, in so many interesting mediums.”