white14 copyThe Arts Council of the Central Okanagan is pleased to announce the winners for the 7th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards.  In total 41 nominations were adjudicated to be entered into this year’s Okanagan Arts Awards and all honourees were given recognition for their commitment and excellence in the arts at the Okanagan Arts Awards held on Saturday, March 22, 2014. This year two new categories were added into the Awards, 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 Council of the Central Okanagan created the Okanagan Arts Awards to celebrate excellence in the arts in the Okanagan/Thompson and to underline the importance of the arts to the people and communities in the Okanagan/Thompson.  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 spectacular Showcase Performance, along with the Awards presentations, which were once again hosted by CBC’s Gillianne Richards and Chris Walker.  At the Awards, 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’. Elemental Okanagan is a representation of the elements, fire, water, air and earth.

The Awards night was a fun and an elegant night out on the town and such a great way to meet and mingle with the Nominees and to celebrate the arts and the positive impact they have on our community. 

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

Awards chair Sharon McCoubrey also announced that for the first and only time the jury was presenting four semi-finalists in the newly established Youth Arts category with Honourable Mention Awards. Those recipients were:
Ben Klick – Kelowna
Laura Sciarpelletti – Kelowna
Colleen Venables – Armstrong
Marko Prodanovic – Kelowna

 We salute and congratulate all the winners of the 2014 Okanagan Arts Awards!

Ballet Kelowna presents its final performance of the spring at the Kelowna Community Theatre on April 25. It will be David LaHay’s last show as Founding Artistic Director and a very special night is being planned.
Come see our dancers demonstrate their moves in the Sky Court at Orchard Park Shopping Centre in Kelowna on Saturday, April 5 between 11am – 4pm. To close the afternoon, dancer Manuel Sorge will teach HIP HOP to anyone who wants to try!
We are also performing at UBCO to introduce Ballet Kelowna to an entirely different audience with excerpts from our INNOVATION tour. Tickets to the full performance on April 25 at Kelowna Community Theatre are still available but selling fast. Purchase now through our website, in person at Kelowna Actors Studio Box Office,1379 Ellis Street, or call 250 862 2867. Continue reading

WHAT:  WORKSHOP- Urban Dance and Repertoire Class with KAROSHI
A fusion of urban dance, martial arts, contemporary dance and theatre, to find improvisation, choreography and new movement.
WHEN: Wed April 9 2014  6:30PM
WHERE: Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Ave  Kelowna www.rotarycentreforthearts.com
HOW: $15.00 for Ages 13+ Call to register 250-717-5304   



After Faceb00k ImageLearn more : After Faceb00k Media Release

After Faceb00k: Kelowna is a localized exhibition presented by Montreal-based artists Serge-Olivier Rondeau and Charles-Antoine Blais Métivier. Beginning as a research project in the summer of 2012 at Centre Skol in Montreal, QC, After Faceb00k is an on-going archive of images taken from Facebook profiles. By accessing public user profiles and sorting through a fraction of the millions of images uploaded to Facebook every day, Rondeau and Métivier document and curate unifying themes of locations and their inhabitants.
In this way, Kelowna’s citizens supply the material for our own self-portrait while adding to a much larger bank of images collected from Facebook users worldwide. Printed as inkjet prints and categorized in large-scale wall installations, the images collected from Kelowna’s edition of After Faceb00k allow the public to take a critical look at online social platforms and their place in our lives.
Visit the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art between April 4 and May 17 to view the exhibition. Please join us for an opening reception and artist talk on Friday, April 4 at 7 pm. The event takes place at The Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art and is free to the public.