Okanagan Arts Awards Visual Artist Showcase

I am on the Okanagan Arts Awards committee, working on getting the awards underway with fellow volunteer board members Sharon McCoubrey, Sharon Lancaster, Daneen Agecoutay, Angela Bonten, James Avery, Sarah Parsons and Janet Anderson.

One of my chief duties was to put together the Art Awards Sculpture competition, and now that the sculpture has been chosen, I help out with other activities. The next main activity I am involved in is the representation of the Visual Arts in Okanagan. This is called the Visual Artist Showcase, and is a slideshow presentation representing all the visual artists in the North South and Central Okanagan. Daneen Agecoutay is masterminding the slideshow based on the entries by the submitting Okanagan visual artists.

The first call I put out for the Okanagan Visual Arts Showcase resulted in nine visual artists responding. Nine? Yes, nine, from the entire Okanagan, North, South and Central. I am not sure why it is like pulling teeth to get these visual artists to respond, but it is. Maybe because there is no cost for entering their images? Maybe if we put a $10 charge on each image submitted, there would be more people submitting? I am not sure.

The goal is to have minimum 50 artists, and currently I think we are halfway there.

Some notes regarding the Okanagan Arts Awards Artist Showcase.

1. There is nothing online about the Visual Arts Showcase because we (the Arts Awards Committee) have no direct access to the website – this is why you see me posting this on my own blog and on my facebook page and the other various facebook pages such as The Okanagan Artists Group, and the Arts Council for the Central Okanagan.  The Okanagan Arts Awards is http://www.okanaganartsawards.com and you can go there to see info on the event itself, including nominations and sponsorships. The event itself will take place  Feb 23 2011 at KCT. Tickets are on sale NOW, available from SelectYourTickets at the RCA.

2. The Artists Showcase will be a slideshow presentation (hard to have art dancing on stage or singing) to represent the Visual Arts in the Okanagan. You do not need to be Arts Council members to be included. If you are interested in having your work included, please send two images to info@artsco.ca.

3. Please do not send me images or ask me to choose for you.

4. Please do not confuse this with the actual nomination process for an award – that you would ask friends to do for you, or they would think of it themselves. Nomination Plug: If you know someone who should receive an award (in whatever category!) Why not nominate them as their Christmas gift? Deadline Jan 15.

5. 2D and 3D are acceptable! just two images, so if 3D be creative and maybe include many sides in one image.

6. If you don’t know how to do the images, get someone to help you. Just make sure they are 2000 px wide. Web images will not do. Make sure they are clear! Blurry images will not be shown.

7. This would be a great Christmas gift for your loved one who is an artist – put a note in their stocking that you have done this for them! The gift of love and respect always brings joy and tears, right?

That’s pretty much all I can tell you about the Visual Arts Showcase – two images, good quality, art only, to Elke at info@artsco.ca. Questions? Post here, likely if you have them, others do too.
All the best!

ps – all sculptors, think about submitting a design for next year’s Call to Artists, it ALWAYS COMES OUT IN JUNE, WITH A DEADLINE OF AUGUST> lol.

In my perfect world –

There is always one Watercolour Painting on board 3"x5"
There is always one Watercolour Painting on board 3"x5"

Everyone does not need to get along.

I would rather that they didn’t, actually, because some of this friction is the fodder of growth and enlightenment.

But what I would like to see is that people support each other –

for example, as a person out in the community, whether an artist or a traditional business person, I would like to see people advertise each other’s events and businesses. I don’t see that happening right now.

I would like to see people on Facebook and Twitter share each other’s events and sales, or each artist share another’s exhibition. I don’t see that happening right now.

I used to do that, but I do not any longer….why is that you ask? I stopped because out of many of my friends, it seemed I was the only one doing it. I stopped because I could count on one hand the other artists doing it – and I can count on two fingers the number of traditional businesses who do it for others, especially their competition. I stopped because people came to expect it. I stopped because I was focusing on everyone else’s shows rather than my own work. So I stopped. No one else was doing it…. and I came to wonder …. why?

On one level, why can’t this be a mutual admiration society?

Are people so afraid to point “their” public in another’s direction? Are people so worried that their own income will be sacrificed if someone else is promoted? It’s a dog eat dog world out there, and dogs run in packs. Eventually there will only be a lone dog… and the lone dog will die….

I would like to see the local community support the local community. If you are on Facebook, what would it cost you to hit the SHARE button on local Okanagan events and happenings and press enter? Would it REALLY hurt you to hit the RT button on Twitter?

This is the season of giving, no matter what your faith. Give the gift of recognition – of the “I see you” to another person, or another person’s business. Remember The Miracle on 34th Street, the department store that helped people find gifts by promoting the competition?

Ignoring instructions to steer parents to goods that Macy’s wants to sell, Kris tells one shopper (Thelma Ritter) to go to another store for a fire engine for her son that Macy’s doesn’t have. She is so impressed, she tells Julian Shellhammer (Philip Tonge), head of the toy department, that she will become a loyal customer. Kris later informs another mother that archrival Gimbels has better skates for her daughter.” Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_on_34th_Street

Why not?

In the case of artists – I would like to see locals buy from locals. Why on earth would you go to HomeSense when you can buy original art for much less, and the quality is much higher?

Case in point, Studio 113, of which I am a member, has original artworks in the form of Christmas cards which can then be custom FRAMED! The cost for these? Under $15 and many are under $10 and $5. Get your framing done for about $30-$50 and there you go!! ORIGINAL art that will likely only APPRECIATE as we artists get older and the bonus?

Watch it skyrocket when we die.

Just kidding… kinda….

There are a ton of local stores, born and bred in the Okanagan, who need your business – who probably have terrific sales on – WHY NOT share them out on Facebook, or on Twitter?

Share share SHARE. Pass the info on, everyone is always looking to do better for himself as a buyer, so help out your fellow man, who may be a buyer AND a seller. Imagine if we did this the whole year long…. why not?