KAMLOOPS ARTS COUNCIL
Interested in joining our Board Of Directors?
Toni was born in Alberta, but grew up in the Fraser Valley. In her late teens, she moved to Houston, BC where she raised her three daughters and worked in a variety of jobs in the community. Since early childhood, she longed to be an author and in August, 2020 amid the craziness of COVID, she finally made that dream come true by publishing her first fantasy novel. Writing, editing, designing her own knitting patterns, dot art and designing and making laser-cut/engraved gifts and promotional items are where Toni’s passions lay. She now resides in Kamloops and is eager to be part of the local arts community.
Although not a direct artist besides home decor, Karl has a large appreciation for those that can produce and express emotions through art. He is a supporter of local art and tries a participate when time allows. Karl has a passion for encouraging others for creative outlets and feels there is a need and place for all to have this ability. He looks forward to having that ability through the Kamloops Arts Council and having many community connections to help grow the awareness and need.
Kirsten Atkins is not just a professional seamstress but an incredibly talented and imaginative designer. It’s easy to see why, her grandfather was a Master Tailor and she quickly picked up the interest at the age of six. Shortly after high school Kirsten opened her first sewing shop; after that she started her own label of KLA Originals. Kirsten’s first love is costuming and that led her to making and renting costumes for 20 years. Prior to settling in Kamloops, Kirsten spent 8years living in the Yukon Klondike studying the clothing styles of the late 1800’s and working with numerous theater companies and organizations such as parks Canada in the reconstructions of period costumes. With this experience today, she has designed many different beautiful body shaping corsets and her love of colour has led her to the design and production of many different styles of award winning up cycled sweater jackets and dresses. In 2013, 2017 and 2019 Kirsten has won awards for her wearable art Sweater designs giving her great recognition as an artist. Kirsten currently works out of her home and attends many Art and Music Festivals year round. Watch for a schedule and see more of her work on her Facebook page: KLA Originals or her website: klaoriginals.com
Nolan McAllister is an Indigenous entrepreneur and filmmaker from Kamloops, BC. His ancestry comes from his great grandfather, Arthur Charette, a French-Cree-Assiniboine Metis man born in Saskatchewan. Nolan has been working as a cinematographer, director and editor for over nine (9) years. He has participated in various filmmaking programs, worked on major film/TV productions, and received specialized training from the American Society of Cinematography. Nolan is also a drone operator for the Province of British Columbia – Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Natika is a Master of Divinity Student at Vancouver School of Theology and holds a BSc in Psychology (Honours), a Bachelor of Education and a current BC Teaching Certificate. She is an active member of Kamloops United Church, and identifies as German, English, Irish and Anishinaabe. Natika is the Community Services Coordinator at Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and has extensive experience working for Indigenous communities and organizations, and developing cultural safe programs and Indigenizing curricula. Natika lives in Kamloops BC with her partner Mike and her daughter Eden, on the Traditional and Unceded Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Territory.