Nominees announced for the 2015 Okanagan Arts Awards

The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan is pleased to announce the finalists for the 8th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards.

  • Mar. 17, 2015 5:00 p.m.

The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan is pleased to announce the finalists for the 8th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards. Local artists, art supporters and organizations will be recognized for their commitments and excellence in the arts.

The Okanagan Arts Awards honours artists from various disciplines though 14 different categories: Visual Arts, Theatre, Dance, Music, Literary, Design, Media Arts, Graphic Arts, Culinary, Supporter of the Arts, Arts Educator, Arts Organization and Youth and Lifetime Achievement. The nominees represent a wide range of talents from communities throughout the Okanagan/Thompson Valley.

And the nominees are

Central Okanagan Foundation Arts Association Award

Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art

Enderby Artists Initiative

Okanagan Archive Trust Society. Brian Wilson

Arts Educator

Alexandra Babbel (Kelowna)

Delphine Derickson  (Westbank)

Nancy Holmes (Kelowna)

Randy Leslie (Kelowna)


Nick Growing (Kelowna)

Michael Lyon (Kelowna)


Get Bent School of Belly Dance and Performing Arts (Penticton)

Jordan McAlpine (Kelowna)

Shani Wendell (Lake Country)


Avante Kiosks (Okanagan Falls)

Kaitlan Murphy (Revelstoke)

Graphic Arts

David MacCoubrey (Penticton)

Kyle Poirier (Kelowna)

Mishell Raedeke (Kelowna)

Literary Arts

Patricia Ainslie (West Kelowna)

Jennifer Schell (Kelowna)

Dona Sturmanis (Kelowna)

Media Arts

Chris Stenberg (Penticton)

K.A.S.P. Entertainment (Penticton)


Dennis Colpits (Kelowna)

Ben Klick (West Kelowna)

Ernst Schneider (Penticton)

Supporter of the Arts

Lynda Norman (Kelowna)

Tatianna O’Donnell (Enderby)

Shelly Vida (Kelowna)


Asparagus Community Theatre (Armstrong)

David Kopp (Kelowna)

Many Hats Theatre Co. (Penticton)

Visual Arts

Glen Clarke (Penticton)

Jolene Mackie (Kelowna)

Chris Malmkvist (Lake Country)


Kelsie Balehowsky (Kelowna)

Nikolas Filipiric (Penticton)

Cynthia Leigh-Ann (Kelowna)

The Awards Ceremony will take place Saturday, March 28th at the Rotary Arts Centre in Kelowna, with an opening reception at 6p.m.. and the award presentations and Concert starting at 7:00 P.M.  The Concert offers a rich variety of performances, and is followed by an after party in the same location. Winners will be presented with a hand carved sculpture commissioned by Kamloops artist, Dennis Cound.

Tickets for the 2015 Okanagan Arts Awards are $40 and available online through or at the Rotary Centre’s box office at 421 Cawston Avenue. Phone: 250-717-5304


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