2014 Arty Awards Nominees Announced

Submitted. The Abbotsford Arts Council is delighted to announce the nominees for the 10th Annual Arty Awards, to be held Saturday April 12, 2014, at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium.

Pictured at right: Doreen Jung, Arts Editor of Today Media

These prestigious awards honour individuals who have achieved excellence in their art as well as youth artists and arts advocates who have contributed significantly to the arts scene in the Abbotsford community.

The Arty Award nominees for 2014 are (by category):

Performing Arts – Music
Chad Joiner, Conductor/Performer/Educator
Johan Worst, Musician/Music Teacher/Student
Kai & Lia Gronberg, Musicians/Songwriters

Performing Arts – Theatre
Andrew Abrahams, Actor
Arne Larsen, Actor/Singer/Producer
Carol Heynen, Actor
Paulina Harskamp, Singer/Actor/Director
Ruth Kult, Actor
Sarah Greaux, Actor/Singer

Performing Arts – Dance
Bobby Pannu, Dance Instructor/Choreographer
Brittney Wallace, Arts Educator/Dancer
Lorissa Arndt, Dancer/Choreographer/Performer

Visual Arts – 2-Dimensional
Davina Graham, Photographer
Gordon McKinnon, Stage Designer/Painter
Pam MacGregor, Custom Sugar Cookie Designer

Visual Arts – 3-Dimensional
Alexis MacLeod, Florist Artistry
Don Bladon, Builder of Historic Structures in Miniature
Jim Walton, Jewelry Artisan

Visual Arts – New Media
Gabriel Kirkley, Media & Graphic Designer/Actor/Marketing Connoisseur
Nicole Provost, Writer/Director

Literary Arts
Adam Roper, Poet/Writer
Harold J. Cole, Writer
Michelle Rickaby, Writer
Philip Sherwood, Writer/Editor/Personal Historian

Arts Advocate
Asger Hansen, Musician
Calvin Dyck, Musician/Producer
Doreen Jung, Writer, Columnist & Arts Editor
Neil Loewen, Visual Artist/Musician
Seamus McGrath, Event Coordinator/Planner/Promoter
Stephen O’Shea, Musician

Outstanding Youth Artist – Elementary School, All Genres
Julia Bartlett, Musician
Masaki Noftle, Musician
Stanley Moriyama, Musician

Outstanding Youth Artist – Secondary School, All Genres
Cambree Lovesy, Singer/Songwriter
Darien Provost, Actor
Lorenzo Enns, Musician/Composer

Outstanding Artist, Post-Secondary School, All Genres
Chelsea Rus, Opera Singer/Instructor
Suvi Bains, Visual Artist/Photographer

Outstanding Arts Organization, All Genres
CIVL Radio, Campus/Community Radio Station
Jam in Jubilee Summer Concert Series (Atangard Community Project), Non-Profit Artist/Youth Community
Theatre Junkies Anonymous Fine Arts Society, Non-Profit Theatre Company

The 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Donna Bishop, a brilliant artist who, among many talents, is a poet, novelist, musician, and founder of the MSA Poets Potpourri Society. Donna has exhibited a lifetime of commitment, both to the creative process and to this community.

“There is a truly diverse variety of talent among the nominees this year, from traditional forms of art to florist artistry, cookie designing, and model building,” says Gail Gromaski, Executive Director of the Abbotsford Arts Council. “Recognizing these unique artists is going to make for a fascinating 10th year of the Arty Awards!”

In addition to the awards presentations, the evening will include a reception catered by Restaurant 62, an art show presented by Atangard Community Project, and a silent auction. Attendees will also enjoy a wonderful array entertainment throughout the evening.

Tickets are available for purchase online at artyawards2014.eventbrite.ca or at the Kariton Art Gallery, located at 2387 Ware Street in Abbotsford.

Major event sponsors include Restaurant 62 (Reception Sponsor); the Abbotsford News, CIVL 101.7, Star 98.3 and Country 107.1 (Media Sponsors); Jim Unger of Clayburn CopperWorks (Award Trophy Designer/Sponsor); Bourquin Printers and Signs Ltd. (Program Sponsor); Imagination Worx (Graphic Design Sponsor); Betty Johnston (Photography Sponsor); Kenneth A. Forcier CGA Inc. (Gold Sponsor); and the B.C. Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia and the City of Abbotsford. All of the sponsors of this year’s event are listed on abbotsfordartscouncil.org.

About the Abbotsford Arts Council
Established in 1972, the Abbotsford Arts Council acts as a resource for local artists while promoting the vision, creativity, and energy of the Abbotsford community through the arts. The Abbotsford Arts Council consists of members, volunteers and directors representing diverse artistic, economic, and cultural interests of community members of all ages. Almost 70 local arts, heritage and culture organizations receive support under the umbrella of the Abbotsford Arts Council, and the talents of hundreds of local artists are showcased by the Abbotsford Arts Council each year at the Kariton Art Gallery and Boutique, the Envision Financial Coffee House Concert and Concert in the Park Series, the Arty Awards and the Christmas Artisan Gift Fair. To learn more about the Abbotsford Arts Council, visit abbotsfordartscouncil.org.
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