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Apr 20

Winners of the 2015 Okanagan Arts Awards

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Winners of the 2015 Okanagan Arts Awards

Arts Education:

Alexandra Babbel

Nancy Holms


Dennis Colpits

Supporter of the Arts:

Shelly Vida

Culinary Arts:

Michael Lyon

Graphic Arts:

Kyle Poirier


Kelsie Balehowsky


Avante Kiosks

Lifetime Achievement:

Joan Panton Williams

Okanagan Foundation Community Arts Association Award:

Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art

Literary Arts:

Patricia Ainslie

Media Arts

Chris Stenberg


Asparagus Community Theatre


Shani Wenell

Visual Arts:

Glenn Clark

Apr 20

Okanagan Social Impact Day of Learning

This event is open to small business, social business, social enterprise, community organizations, economic developers, non-profit business, B-corps, Aboriginal business, social entrepreneurs and intermediaries that support these organizations and more!  Everyone is welcome!  This will be a great opportunity to network with close to 100 colleagues and learn from each other!

Did you know May is Social Enterprise Month?  Please join us and/or spread the word about this Okanagan Day of Learning: May 5, 2015.

In 2013, 17 non-profit social enterprises in the Okanagan region responded to a research survey.  That sample of 17 social enterprises generated more than $11.1m in income, approximately 61% from the sale of goods or services; they employed over 170 people, a majority from targeted communities; they provided services to over 82,800 people and they had over 605 volunteers.

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Apr 20

Spring Art Show on May 2nd – Okanagan Mission Secondary School


For the first time ever, the Visual Arts Department at Okanagan Mission Secondary School is hosting a Spring Art Show on May 2nd, 2015 as a promotion and celebration of the arts and arts education in our community.

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Apr 20

Artists support Artists: Cool Arts receives funding from UBC-O Fine Arts


Artists support Artists: Cool Arts receives funding from UBC-O Fine Arts

Cool Arts has received $2000 from VACU (Visual Arts Course Union) at UBC-O Department of Creative and Critical Studies, a percentage of monies raised from their annual Art On the Line Fundraiser which raises money to help the students with their annual field trip and year-end exhibition.

“Myself and the UBCO’s Visual Arts Course Union knew we wanted to donate to a local, independent organization,” said Connor Charlesworth, coordinator of this years’ Art on the Line. “Us students were first exposed to Cool Arts through professor Carolyn MacHardy’s 2nd year Art History class and we all felt that it was a perfect fit to receive the donation because of their dedication to fostering community through art. We are well aware of the important work Cool Arts does and are happy to know the funds are going toward such a great, creative initiative!”

“As a grass-roots group, we are very appreciative of the generosity of these students. We’re honoured. This is the fourth time they have chosen to donate some of the proceeds from their successful fundraiser,” notes Cool Arts Board President, Shauna Oddleifson. “It’s so exciting to have the students recognize Cool Arts for their community impact – and in turn for the students to support these artists means a lot.”

Cool Arts is dedicated to providing fine arts opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities living in the Central Okanagan. As part of their art activities, Cool Arts artists work on individual pieces in their supported studio; but also work collaboratively with local artists on public art projects. Last summer’s project saw the group working with local professional artist Wanda Lock to add Gaudi-inspired mosaic tilework to the community garden beds on St. Paul. “It was a great community project – we had people from the neighbourhood stop by and learn about Gaudi’s art and some people even donated sentimental pieces they’d wanted us to incorporated in the mosaic,” said Shauna.

As a not-for-profit society and registered Canadian Charity, Cool Arts relies on donations, sponsorships and grants to run monthly workshops. In addition to receiving donations and sponsorships, throughout the year Cool Arts runs a variety of fundraising events.

“We were inspired by our time in the community garden last year and so this spring we are fundraising by selling beautiful hanging baskets and planters, strawberry hanging baskets, herb and tomato planters, and also geraniums, marigolds and petunias,” says organizer Sarah Parsons, a Cool Arts board member. “We are always looking for fun and creative ways to raise both money and awareness for Cool Arts and with Mother’s Day just around the corner this fundraiser seemed like a great fit.”

People can order their planters or baskets through this site, and then simply connect with one of our board members, visit our studio or email us for payment.

Money raised from this event will go to support regular programming for Cool Arts. For more information about Cool Arts, visit our web site at and our blog

For more information, or to arrange for an interview, please contact Rena Warren, Executive Director for Cool Arts at 250-899-6381 or email

Mar 19

Nominees Announced for the 2015 Okanagan Arts Awards

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Arts Council of the Central Okanagan
Press Release:  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. 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 6:00 P.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. Please see more information below:


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

Sharon McCoubrey at 250-766-4406 or

Mar 19

Mission Painters Art Show & Sale

Mission Painters are hosting the “Art by the Lake” show & sale on July 3rd & 4th 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days.  The location is the Okanagan Mission Activity Centre, 4398 Hobson Rd., Kelowna.  Door prize and refreshments are offered.  The art media is watercolour, oil, acrylic and mixed with a variety of subjects.

For further information please contact Myrna at 250-762-8949.

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