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Presenting the 2016 Penticton Arts Council Board of Directors...
Back row (L to R): Brad Hillis, Dale Boyd, Stephano Liapis, Eric Hanston, Skyler Punnett. Middle row (L to R): Vaelei Walkden-Brown (Executive Director), Laurel Burnham, Yanti Sharples-Rowland, Dennis Gordon Evans, Judy Sentes (City of Penticton liaison), Tim Tweed. Front row (L to R): Kim Russell, Jenny Long, Petra Höller, Nettie Steuernagel.

Timothy Tweed – President

Timothy Tweed has been a graphic and web designer since 1994. He has been a member of the Penticton Arts Council’s Board of Directors since 2015.

Tim was the recipient of the Penticton Arts Council’s inaugural Graphic Arts award in 2014, as well as the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan’s award of the same name that year. As DJ and host, his podcast “Sounds from the Tenacious Hi-Fi” won the National Campus and Community Radio Association’s award for Excellence in Music programming in 2015.

He moved to Penticton from Vancouver in 2007. In additional to his digital work, he enjoys building, restoring and customizing furniture.

Laurel Burnham – Vice President

Laurel has been passionate about community organizing since she was a small child. In the thirty years she has lived in Penticton, her organizing has run the gamut from establishing Sun Village Lodge, a seniors housing facility, to founding the Penticton Community Garden, to 21 years of running Canada Day activities. She has successfully fundraised for CNIB, the Kidney Foundation, The Penticton Art Gallery and the Penticton Arts Council. She has organized events and activities in virtually every park and facility in the community. She created the Penticton Community Market, was nominated for three national awards during her time managing it. For the past 14 years she has hosted “Seedy Saturdays” in Penticton, and has now expanded to Oliver, Summerland and Peachland. She also organizes the South Okanagan’s largest Craft Fair, and is manager for two markets during the outdoor market season.

Dale Boyd - Treasurer

My name is Dale Boyd and I’m the arts and entertainment editor at the Penticton Western News. I’m also an avid writer, photographer and musician and won’t turn down an opportunity to explore the arts in any form. While I’m not an accomplished musician by any stretch of the imagination, my love is music and I have been playing guitar and singing since I attended high school in my rural Alberta hometown of Cold Lake. I have lived in Penticton for almost three years now and I’ve been so lovingly embraced by the arts community that I feel I have no choice but to give back.
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Brad Hillis – Secretary

I am an artist that works mostly with acrylics. My paintings are a combination of abstract, surrealism, folk art and Irrealism. I am an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and member of CARFAC BC. My work is available at the Okanagan Art Gallery in Osoyoos and can be seen at various shows throughout the Okanagan Valley. I have been on the PDCAC Board of Directors for 6 years and a member of the Penticton Museum & Heritage Advisory Committee for 3 years.

Eric Hanston - Past President

Eric is a founding member and executive producer of the Many Hats Theatre Company. He has been on the Arts Council Board for 5 years, almost 4 of which were as president.
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Judy Sentes - Penticton Council Liaise

For twenty-eight years Judy Sentes has always had a passion for community involvement in Penticton supporting the areas of sports; tourism; the arts as well as social issues through her volunteerism.

First elected to Penticton City Council in 2008, Judy was re-elected in 2011 and again in 2014. Her duties have included being a Penticton representative to the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS); Vice-Chair of the Okanagan Similkameen Regional Health District (OSRHD); Council liaise to the Downtown Revite Committee; Penticton & District Community Arts Council (PDCAC); the Shatford Centre and the Arts & Culture Advisory Committee. As well she has been a City representative to the Penticton Industrial Development Association (PIDA); the Library; Heritage & Museum Advisory Committee and the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee.
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Dennis Evans - Director

Dennis Evans brings together a unique combination of 50 years of artistic accomplishments together with senior management skills, special event co-ordination and business development. In addition to these skills he has contributed his time in the service of a number of art-related public service capacities. He currently resides in Naramata and operates Dennis Evans Art Studios.