2016 Penticton Arts Awards

Awards Recipients

Arts EducatorDesignGraphic Arts
Jake Evans based currently in Penticton, Jake heads the “JEDI” performance group and gives lessons and classes for multi ages. He is regular faculty for a multitude of Okanagan dance studios, Schools and annual workshops. Most young male dancers seen around the Okanagan performing (and even instructing) have received their introduction to this discipline through Jake’s involvement. Congratulations Jake!Alexandra Goodall Alexandra is an emerging artist living in Penticton who works predominantly in paint and fibre (with an emphasis of felt-making) She is drawn to the playing, molding, and shaping of perception through the arts, tweaking processes in the service of insight, especially as they pertain to embodiment. Congratulation Alexandra!Robin Edgar-Haworth Graphic Art is 2–dimensional and includes drawing, printing, calligraphy and so much more…Robin’s art is symbolically detailed and every piece is one of a kind. A truly talented artist! Many of you may recognize Robin and his dedicated dog Koda as they headed off in their cross country walk to “Right the Wrong” a trek from Penticton to Ottawa to raise awareness and encourage dialogue about contemporary problems of our country and planet. Robin and Koda completed their trek October 2015. Congratulations Robin!
Sponsored by Okanagan School of the Arts, Shatford CentreSponsored by Many Hats TheatreSponsored by Splendid Bastard Beard Supply
Literary ArtsMedia ArtsMusic
David Korinetz is a local Okanagan author of Fantasy novels. In 2007 Firedrakes was published, which has been followed by the Sorceress, Halfling and just recently released Warlock, the fourth novel in his Daemon Knight Fantasy series. And in his spare time, David began his own distribution company for Canadian authors and publishers, Red Tuque Books in 2009! Congratulations David!Caillum Smith Caillum is an international award-winning visual storyteller with a tapestry of light that will leave you nostalgic for places and moments you may never have been! Born and raised in the South Okanagan, he works full time as a professional photographer and filmmaker sharing authentic stories layered in outdoor adventures, scenic landscapes, authentic lifestyles and travel destinations that are not only visually engaging but emotionally engaging as well. Congratulations Caillum!Justin Glibbery is a professional pianist, composer and music educator from Penticton. As a pianist and keyboardist he has been part of the Okanagan music scene since 1992. Justin has played in many different past groups such as the all original funk bank THE MAMMALS and the cover ban THE COVAIRS. Currently, he is part of the OFFRAMP JAZZ Sextet and the cover band RANDOM ACT, music director for RANN BERRT and the ONE HIT WONDER SHOW. As well, he is the artistic director of the Naramata Community Choir. Justin is the music director at Penticton Secondary School and is also a faculty member of Penticton Academy of Music at the Leir House. Congratulations Justin!
Sponsored by The Penticton Herald.Sponsored by DM ProductionsSponsored by Harold and Donna Schellenberg
Supporter of the ArtsTheatreDance
Pierre Couture Perform at the Dream Café. The most recent testimonial was the highly successful tribute to Pierre at last year’s inaugural Dream festival. Congratulations Pierre!Josephine Patterson Josephine has dedicated many years to theatre. As the founding member and president for many years of the Penticton Chamber Theatre she has directed over 10 plays, 5 which were entered in the Okanagan Zone Festival. She has taught, encouraged and mentored numerous aspiring actors and directors. Congratulations Josephine!Okanagan Dance Studio Okanagan Dance Studio is one of BC’s most highly respected dance studios. Known for its professionalism and for training well-rounded, highly talented dancers and performers in all forms of dance. It prides itself on creating a positive and encouraging environment for its students. Congratulations!
Sponsored by Penticton FoundrySponsored by Penticton Arts CouncilSponsored by Penticton Kiwanis Music Festival
Visual ArtsYouthAboriginal Youth

Dennis Evans With a career now spanning nearly 5 decades, Dennis is found in his Naramata studio creating landscape paintings that use colour to portray the emotion he sees in the Okanagan surroundings. As well as paintings, Dennis creates pottery that is imaginative and a welcome addition to any home. Dennis was among the founding members of the Naramata Bench Studio Tours and has been involved with many activities to enrich the lives of others in the arts community. Congratulations Dennis!Belle Grant & Jessica Singleton The adjudicators where incredibly impressed with the amazing talent of the youth nominees. It was a unanimous decision to give out two awards this year. Please welcome Belle Grant and Jessica Singleton as the Youth Arts Awards recipients! Congratulations!Brittany Postal is a professional Syilx artist from the Okanagan Nation. Brittany says “There has always been a connection between the land and art” Being enrolled in the En’owkin Centre’s National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training Program has opened her eyes to what a professional artist really is. Her portfolio consists of creative and professional performance. Brittany has developed into a storyteller as well she performs publicly at cultural community events. In 2015 Brittany performed at the Talking Stick event Festival in Vancouver.
Sponsored by Penticton Art GallerySponsored by Irwin HobdenSponsored by En'owkin Centre
​Aboriginal Arts ExcellenceLifetime Achievement2016 Arts Awards
Rob KASP Sawan is a dynamic and inspirational speaker, facilitator, and award winning hip hop performer. His inspirational lyrics are motivational stories and integrate his life through his music. His songs cover topics such as cultural and traditional pride, addictions awareness, street life, honouring Elders stories and lighter, inspirational songs that uplift the crowd.​Jill Leir-Salter has been an integral part of our arts community since the 1980’s. Her paintings of the Okanagan sky, the lakes and hillsides reveal a reverent intimacy with our landscapes. She has always been a supporter for any and all arts events and art projects, her passion understandably is for the visual arts. Although art is very important to Jill, she epitomizes what can best be described as a “holistic” life. She is deeply involved and engaged with family and community, she supported her late husband, Derek, is his work as an Anglican minister. Congratulations Jill, you truly deserve the Lifetime Achievement Award!You're Awesome! Without you this couldn't be possible!
Sponsored by En'owkin CentreSponsored by Penticton Arts CouncilThanks for making the 2016 Arts Awards a Success!

Arts Awards 2016

The Third Annual Arts Awards in Penticton was a great success. More than 250 people attended and had a wonderful time.
Thank you to all of our sponsors for helping make this evening such a success.


Penticton Arts Council