Overflowing with creative talent from across all arts disciplines, the 10th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards gala evening last Friday at the Rotary Centre for the Arts was a dynamic celebration of the arts in the Central Okanagan.
Hosted by Mayor Colin Basran and artist Nathan Flavel, the OAA gala evening featured a number of Central Okanagan’s favourite performers, including Cod Gone Wild, Curves and Edges (Shelly Vida and Trisha Dalgleish), Julie Masi and Le Mo Nay, On Pointe Dance Co., Songs of the Southern Belles, Swamp Honey and OAA Finalists, Kinshira Fire Dancers.
“A vibrant and healthy arts community makes for an incredible city,” said Basran, and the creative heart of the Central Okanagan appears to be beating strong.
Arts Council of the Okanagan received a record number of nominations for the 10th Annual Awards, which recognize and honour top creative talent in the Central Okanagan. With more than double the nominations than in the previous year, narrowing the nominees down to 37 of the Central Okanagan’s top artists in 12 nominations categories was quite a process.
The 2017 Okanagan Arts Awards Winners are:
Applied Arts – Lucas Glenn
Art + Business – Shandra Smith
Business Supporter – Milkcrate Records
Community Impact – Bonnie Gratz / New Vintage Theatre
Dance – Ballet Kelowna
Emerging Artist – Immaculate
Innovation – Opera Kelowna
Literature – Matt Rader
Music – Kim Kleineberg
Theatre – Janet Anderson
Timed Based Media – Pinstripe Productions
Visual Arts – Jolene Mackie
In addition, Julia Trops was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award. A multi-disciplinary artist, Trops is an outspoken arts advocate and was also on the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan when it formed the Okanagan Arts Awards.