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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

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:


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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.

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


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