Okanagan Arts Awards 7th Annual Celebration goes March 22 at the Rotary Centre For The Arts’ Mary Irwin Theatre.
Founded in 2008, the Okanagan Arts Awards underlying purpose is to 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.
The arts are the soul of any community. They make a significant contribution to the social, physical, and economic well being of any community. As such, it is important to support and encourage those who are instrumental in ensuring the arts survive and thrive in the Okanagan Valley and beyond.
This year the Okanagan Arts Awards celebrates its seventh year. The magnificent red carpet evening will be a night of celebration, elegance and performance—a night to remember.
About The Nominations
The 2014 Okanagan Arts Awards have 13 categories, 12 are nominated with the 13th category of Lifetime Achievement selected by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan.
Nominations arrive from throughout the Okanagan and Thompson regions. The criteria considered in the adjudication process include: eligibility, Okanagan-based achievements, quality and quantity of achievements, emerging verses established work, and general quality of the achievements. Both achievements in the chosen discipline of the arts as well as contributions to the community are considered using these criteria.
Nominees for the 2014 Okanagan Arts Awards
Arts Educator Award:
Rena Warren – Kelowna
UBCO-Art History-Visual Culture – Kelowna
Elizabeth Lupton – Penticton
Central Okanagan Foundation Arts Association Award
Endery Artists Initiative – Enderby
Kelowna Actors Studio – Kelowna
Rotary Centre for the Arts – Kelowna
Geoffrey Couper – Kelowna
Rod Butters – Kelowna
Lucy Hazelwood – Kelowna
Get Bent School of Belly Dancing & Performance Arts – Penticton
Kinshira Performance Troupe – Kelowna
Okanagan Dance Studios – Penticton
Mishell K. Raedeke – Lake Country
Timothy Tweed – Penticton
Patricia Ainslie – Kelowna
Jennifer Schell – Kelowna
Shane Koyczan – Penticton
Mountain Lake Films, Wendy Ord & Glen Samuel – Lake Country
Dave Mai – Penticton
Tony Koenen – Kelowna
Andrew Smith – Kelowna
Jayme Knyx – Kelowna
Songwriters Stewdio – Kelowna
Supporter of the Arts
Lorel Sternig – Kamloops
Glenna Turnbull – Kelowna
Claudia Kargl – Kelowna
Sound Stage Productions – Penticton
Jordan Davies – Kelowna
Bumbershoot Theatre – Kelowna
Jaime Seward – Enderby
Ann Kipling – Falkland
Angela Bonten – Kelowna
Glenn Clark – Penticton
Ben Klick – Kelowna
Laura Sciarpelletti – Kelowna
Cynthia Leigh-Ann Bjalek – Kelowna
Colleen Venables – Armstrong
Madison McMillan – Kelowna
Chloe & Kyle Davidson – Kelowna
Beamer Wigley – Penticton
Marko Prodanovic – Kelowna
Each year the Arts Council sends out a Call for Artists in the Okanagan and Thompson for a new sculptural design for the Arts Awards. The selected design for that year will be presented to each of that year’s Arts Awards recipients. The 2014 Okanagan Arts Award will be a three-dimensional stainless steel sculpture, titled ‘Okanelemental’ created by Vernon artist Julie Oakes with the help of blacksmith artist Doug Alcock.
During the Arts Awards Celebrations the Arts Council showcases a number of incredible Okanagan and Thompson artists. This showcase provides the audience the opportunity to experience and support several different art forms while supporting the winning nominees.
This year’s Okanagan Arts Awards Gala is more than an awards presentation—it is also an exciting performance-filled evening. The Red Carpet arts awards hosts are CBC’s Chris Walker and Gillianne Richards.
Showcase performers include
The gala starts at 7 p.m. on March 22 in the Mary Irwin Theatre. Come early to meet the nominees starting at 6 p.m. in the Rotary Centre for the Arts upper lobby and enjoy delicacies prepared by two-time Gold Medal Champion chef Michael Lyon.
There will be an after party starting at 9 p.m. in the RCA Atrium. For tickets visit www.selectyourtickets.com or drop by the Rotary Centre for the Arts box office.