Congratulations to the 2013 Okanagan Arts Award Winners

Media Arts Award: David Mcilvride
Music Award: Craig Thomson
Literary Arts Award: Sterling Haynes
Dance Award: Vicki View
Visual Arts Award: Crystal Przybille
Design Award: Trevor Butler
Theatre Award: Matt Brown
Castanet 2013 – Supporter of the Arts: Robert MacDonald
Arts Educator Award: Michelle Loughery
Central Okanagan Foundation Arts Association Award: Creator’s Art Centre
Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Dow Reid


It is that time of year again!  The call for the 2013 Okanagan Arts Awards Nominations have gone out to ARTSCO members and the media throughout the Thompson Okanagan.

Nominations are open to all ages, and to anyone who resides from Kamloops to the Nicola Valley, Princeton to Osoyoos, and through to Revelstoke.

To celebrate we are holding our 6th annual Okanagan Arts Awards Launch Party Event at the Kelowna Art Gallery on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. During this special event we will announce this year’s chosen Sculpture which will be presented to each category winner of the 6th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards; to be held on March 2, 2013. Continue reading

The winner of the 2013 Okanagan Arts Awards Sculpture Design was announced on November 14, at the Official Launch Party for the March 2, 2013 Okanagan Arts Awards.

Seven artists submitted sculpture designs

Two out of the seven designs were selected to move to the finals.

o Lake Country Glass Artist Bruce Taiji” for his design “Okanagan Refractured”

o Kamloops Sculptor Terry Shewchuk for is design “The Harlequin”

The selected design for the 2013 Okanagan Arts Awards is “Okanagan Refractured” by Lake Country Glass Artist Bruce Taiji. Bruce’s unrivalled ability to harness light and infuse on environment with creative energy has earned him the orchestrate some of the country’s largest commissions featuring ArtGlass

About the winning design “Okanagan Refractured”.

External light enters the sculpture… reflects and refracts… dances within: An abstracted, energized Okanagan vista floating in glass. Continue reading