2014 Okanagan Arts Awards announced

The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan has announce the winners of the seventh annual Okanagan Arts Awards.

A total 41 nominations were adjudicated this year and all honourees were given recognition for their commitment and excellence in the arts at the Okanagan Arts Awards held last week.

This year two new categories were added this year, youth Arts and culinary Arts.

The artists represent a wide range of visual, performing, literary, media and culinary artists, from communities throughout the Okanagan and Thompson Valleys, and they reflect the depth of talent in the region.

The Arts Awards recognize individuals and groups for their outstanding achievement in the arts; for their significant contribution to the arts; or to their noteworthy support of the arts.

For the first time the awards were held in the Rotary Centre of the Arts, Mary Irwin Theatre.  The evening featured a formal nominees reception and a showcase performance, along with the awards presentations, which were hosted by CBC’s Gillianne Richards and Chris Walker.

The winners were presented with an original award created by a Vernon artist Julie Oakes.  The 2014 award is a steel sculpture entitled Elemental Okanagan, a representation of the elements, fire, water, air and earth.

The 2014 Okanagan Arts Awards winners:

Youth Arts Award:  Chloe and Kyle Davidson - Kelowna

Culinary Award:  Rod Butters - Kelowna

Art Educator:  Rena Warren - Kelowna

Music:  Andrew Smith - Kelowna

COF Community Arts Group:  Kelowna Actors Studio - Kelowna

Media Arts: Mountain Lake Films: Glen Samuel and Wendy Ord - Lake Country

Graphic Arts: Timothy Tweed - Penticton

Literary Arts: Shane Koyczan - Penticton

Dance:  Okanagan Dance Studio - Penticton

Visual Arts:  Ann Kipling - Falkland

Theatre: Bumbershoot Theatre - Kelowna

Supporter of the Arts: Glenna Turnbull - Kelowna

Lifetime Achievement: Arnold Draper – Kelowna.


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