Nominations open for Okanagan Arts Awards

The call for the 2013 Okanagan Arts Awards nominations have gone out.

The call for the 2013 Okanagan Arts Awards nominations have gone out to all the arts councils of the Thompson Okanagan, including the North 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 annual launch party event at the Kelowna Art Gallery on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.,” said  Elke Lange, executive director of the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan. “During this special event we will announce this year’s chosen sculpture, which will be presented to each category winner of the sixth annual Okanagan Arts Awards; to be held on March 2, 2013.”

Hosted by the Arts Council of the Central Okanagan (ARTSCO), the launch party  offers guests the opportunity to mingle with ARTSCO directors, artists, local businesses and past winners of the Okanagan Arts Awards, while tasting local wines, paired with delicious delicacies and listening to local artists perform.

The Okanagan Arts Awards serve to underline the importance of the arts in the community, and to recognize individuals and groups for their significant contributions and for their exceptional support of arts and culture, said Lange.

“The Okanagan Arts Awards are an integral part of the arts community in the Thompson Okanagan and is becoming a province-wide event,” she said. “The Thompson-Okanagan regions have some of the most talented individuals that deserve recognition for their continued contributions to the arts.”

For more information on the awards or to nominate an artist or group, visit www.artsco.ca.