Dec 10


Microsoft Word - Call for Artists -Awards Design Submission 2014

8th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards  CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominate a Deserving Artist


The Okanagan Arts Awards, now in its 8th year, is an annual celebration recognizing winning nominees for their outstanding achievement. The arts awards serve to underline the importance of the arts in our communities, and to recognize individuals and groups for their significant contributions and for their exceptional support of arts and culture in BC’s Central Interior.

Nominations to anyone who resides from Kamloops to the Nicola Valley, Princeton to Osoyoos, and through to Revelstoke. To nominate click here


Arts Categories: The Arts Awards recognize all forms of the Arts:

  • Central Okanagan Foundation Community Arts Association Award: arts organization
  • Arts Educator:     a teacher in any context, public school, community
  • Culinary: demonstrate a high degree of competence
  • Dance:     performance, choreographers, companies
  • Design:     industrial, fashion, jewelry, furniture
  • Graphic Arts:     advertising, web design, commercial graphics
  • Literary Arts:     fiction, non-fiction, news, weblogs, poetry
  • Media Arts:     film, video, animation
  • Music:   singing, song writing, instrumentation, composing, performance
  • Supporter of the Arts:         through financial, volunteer or other significant contribution
  • Theatre:   producer, director, actor, company
  • Visual Arts:     all forms and types of visual arts
  • Youth: Age to 25: one award will be given: music, dance, theatre, visual arts, including media & design
  • Lifetime Achievement Award    

This award will be presented on the basis of overall contributions to the arts.

This is not a nomination award


The timeline for the various steps of the nomination process are as follows:

  • Deadline for Nominations                    January 31, 2015
  • Presentation of Awards                     March 28, 2015


The Central Interior has some of the most talented individuals that deserve recognition for their continued contributions to the Arts.


Take the time to nominate your star of the arts, raising their profile and honouring the calibre of art in your community.  Go to the Okanagan Arts Awards website at . or click here to nominate


You will find that this year’s on-line application process is easy and very user friendly!


Questions: Arts Council of the Central Okanagan Ÿ250-861-4123 Ÿ e-mail:


Microsoft Word - Call for Artists -Awards Design Submission 2014

Feb 26

Call to Artists – Ex Nihilo Vineyards and The Creatio Gallery



Call to Artists!

Ex Nihilo Vineyards and The Creatio Gallery are pleased to announce their first annual figurative art show, “Body Language”. In the spirit of Frederick Hart, Igor Babailov and the original “Ex Nihilo” sculpture, “Body Language” is a juried exhibition open to artists across Canada that will showcase the best of neo-classical, modern and contemporary interpretations of the human figure. Coinciding with The 2015 Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, “Body Language” runs May 1st – 9th, 2015, and will conclude with an awards reception on Saturday, May 9th 7pm – 9pm, featuring canapés and Ex Nihilo wine.

We encourage artist’s of all career levels to apply to “Body Language” and welcome everything from the photo realistic to abstract expressionism.


Submission Guidelines:

Artists interested in submitted work for “Body Language” should email an application package to

The application package must include: High-Res digital photos of the 2 work(s) to be considered along with title, dimensions and mediums used. Artists should also include a short bio and artistic statement. Applying is FREE! But we ask each artist to limit his or her application to 3 works.  Please keep in mind this is a celebratory figurative show; erotic works will not be considered. Please include the suggested retail price for each submission.


The Details:

Application deadline is March 14th, 2015, and artists will be contacted before April 1st regarding the jury’s decision. Selected works will need to be dropped off or shipped to The Creatio Gallery at Ex Nihilo Vineyards between April 23rd – 30th, 2015.  All works on canvas less than 1.5” in depth should be framed, those 1.5” deep or greater should be framed or have the edges painted in a suitable manner to the piece. Works on paper are required to be framed or mounted on a surface with a depth of 1.5” or greater. Art that does not meet these guidelines upon arrival at Creatio Gallery will not be shown.

Artists whose works are selected will be given 2 complimentary tickets to the awards reception. The awards night will be a great opportunity to mingle and connect with art lovers from around the Okanagan Valley.

After the close of the show, art that did not sell will need to be picked up or shipped back to the artist. Any art that has not been arranged to be picked up by May 17th, 2015, will be shipped to the artist, and they will be billed accordingly.

For all pieces sold at Gallery Creatio during the exhibit, Artists will be remitted 60% of the selling price less GST, unless they have a GST #, payable by check, within two weeks following the close of the show.

Feb 02

Okanagan Arts Awards Sculpture Design


Arts Council of the Central Okanagan

Press Release:

Okanagan Arts Awards Sculpture Design


The selection has been made! The 2015 sculpture that will be given to each of the category

recipients for the upcoming Okanagan Arts Awards will be created by Dennis Cound from

Kamloops, BC.


The sculptures will each be hand carved from Gypsum or Alabaster stone. The logo for the

Arts Council of the Central Okanagan will be carved onto two sides of a block of the stone,

resulting in a relief surface featuring this logo. Artist Dennis Cound has altered the logo

very slightly for each one of the 14 sculptures he is working on, making each sculpture



Dennis Cound has been carving for many years in his home based studio in Kamloops. He

has several special approaches, including the creation of intricate images onto deer, elk and

caribou antlers.


Dennis was born in Montreal, but moved to BC when he was a youngster, and was greatly

impressed by nature and the native art that was to be seen in the west. Following the

artistic foundation of his father and uncle, Dennis began sketching and painting, but soon

chose stone and antler carving as his medium. Wildlife continues to be a favourite subject

for his artworks, but Dennis will also create “moments in time”, a combination of pictures

of everyday life and the beauty they posses.


As Dennis explained, “I like to think of myself as a messenger. A liaison between you and

the stone or antler. I have the honour and obligation to free each piece and share it with

the world.”


Each year, a new Call for Artists results in new design submissions for the award sculpture.

This truly nurtures the creativity of our artists, who are challenged to create a new image

each year.


The 2015 Okanagan Arts Award Design emulates the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan’s

Logo created in 1967 by Nelson’s Kootenay School of Art director Zeljko Kujundzic


Nomination deadline: January 31.

Okanagan Arts Awards Showcase March 28th.


Inquiries, contact Elke Lange at 250-861-4123 or

Sharon McCoubrey at 250-766-4406 or

Jan 16

2015 Musical Instrument Bank Competition – Call for Applications

Call for applications:
2015 Musical Instrument Bank Competition


Deadline: April 1, 2015

Please share this information widely within your networks.

Are you – or do you know – a Canadian professional violinist or cellist pursuing an international solo or chamber music career?

About the competition
The Canada Council’s Musical Instrument Bank program offers classical musicians a unique opportunity to borrow rare, fine-stringed instruments for a 3-year period.

About the instruments
The MIB collection includes 20 violins and cellos dating from the late 1600s to the early 1900s, crafted by such celebrated luthiers as Stradivari, Gagliano, and del Gesù.

The MIB experience

Here’s what some past MIB recipients have said about the opportunity:

“It has allowed me to expand the range of my playing… and has helped me to expand the colour palette in my sound”

“The sonic capabilities of the instrument were far greater than anything I’d experienced before and they offered
me ways to interpret the music with more ease”

“I feel limitless in expressing my music through the instrument and its sound stands out in an international
setting…it’s like the instrument has opened another chapter in my life, a special ingredient in my career that
I could not find anywhere else.”


For more information: 
Sarah Brown
1-800-263-5588 or 613-566-4414 ext. 6004


The Canada Council supports, promotes and celebrates the work of Canadian artists and arts organizations.

Jan 16

Breastfeeding Art Expo – Call of Artists


The Breastfeeding Art Expo is a three-year arts and health project that will celebrate and support breastfeeding. The project will involve artists and community members from across the Interior Health region (Thompson-Cariboo Shuswap, the Kootenays and the Okanagan). Artists will work with a team to explore the topic of breastfeeding, through a variety of art forms (e.g., art panel, a sculpture, a 3-D photographic display, or even filmed dance or theatre). We want to hire approximately ten professional artists.

If you are an artist interested in being part of this project and you live in the Interior Health region, please go to our website to read details about the project. If you are interested in applying go to the “CALLS” section of the website and download the application form. The deadline is February 27, 2015 at noon.


We also want to hire a videographer (or videographer team) to create a series of vignettes to capture the Breastfeeding Art Expo Story. To apply, see the “CALLS” section of the website and select “Call for Videographer”.


FOR MORE INFORMATION: Go to or contact the Project Coordinator: or call 250-868-7846


Jan 16

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program: Submission Deadline Extended to February 4!


Photo Credit: Jessica Auer & Andreas Rutkauskas, 2014.

Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program: Submission Deadline Extended to February 4!

Due to server maintenance at the Yukon Arts Centre January 27-29 2015, we will be extending the submission deadline of the Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program to February 4 at midnight. Please submit all application information by this deadline in order to have your submission fully considered.

Visit this link to access full program details, and the online application form.

Please note that online applications will still be accepted during our server maintenance period (January 27-29), however you may expect a delay in your e mail confirmation notice, and all communications from the Yukon Arts Centre.

To contact the Chilkoot Residency Team while our servers are down, please e mail us at our alternate address, or call us at (867) 667 8460.

We apologize for any inconvenience, and wish all applicants good luck!


Anne Margaret Deck

Gallery Outreach Intern

Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery

Tel: (867) 667 8460
Facebook | @YukonArtsCentre

Jan 16

“Art a La Carte” Okanagan Arts Awards Fundraiser



January 22, 2015

Looking for a great event to chase away the mid–winter blues?
Art a la Carte is an evening of music, dancing, great food wine and silent
auction, with proceeds going to support the Okanagan Arts Awards.

Featuring music by Anna J and Half a Quorum
Special delicacies by Chef Nick Gowing, of Nourish Kelowna.
The event will also include:
Excellent wines from Intrigue Wines
Award winning beers from Tree Brewing
The unveiling of this year’s winning sculpture
To be presented at the awards at the end of March.

A perfect evening which promises to be incredible!
Tickets: $75.00
Doors open at 7:30 pm.
Place: The Laurel Packinghouse, Kelowna
Tickets: “Select Your Tickets”

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