In 1993 Jean took early retirement from her position as a bank manager which then allowed her the time to finally pursue her life long interest in painting. At the same time, Jean also participated in the joint establishment of the Artist Co-op, “The Art Show Gallery” in Calgary, AB.
By 2002, Jean had converted the Artist Co-op venture into a full commercial gallery which was aptly named “Fosbrooke Fine Arts”. The gallery was located in Penny Lane Mall in downtown Calgary until the building was scheduled for demolition in the spring of 2007. Jean then joined Gibson Fine Art where she manages the retail side of the gallery.
With a long-time passion for art, Patti Dibski spent several years building a successful career in marketing and sales before buying Gibson Fine Art from its founder, Norma Gibson. The addition of Fosbrooke Fine Arts in 2007 has extended the retail gallery capacity of the business and has provided exciting opportunities for the future of Gibson Fine Art while making the process of acquiring original art fun and accessible.
Patti holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary and a BA from the University of Victoria. She is currently a director for Calgary Arts Development Authority, the city of Calgary's designated arts development authority and the vice-chair of Art a la Carte, a not-for-profit organization that provides artwork to accute care cancer patients in Calgary.
Patti has also recently been named to Calgary's Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40. “Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 is our annual selection of Calgary’s brightest and most active leaders under the age of 40,” says Käthe Lemon, editor of Avenue. “Top 40s are movers and shakers, industry innovators and community builders in every realm, from business and politics to education, arts, fashion, design, sport and culture. They are committed to high personal career achievements, are dedicated to building community in the city or in their industry, and are helping to raise the profile of Calgary.