Art Exposed 2015 Jurors’ Choice Awards announced

Close to 600 people attended the opening of the Kamloops Arts Council’s 5th annual ART EXPOSED exhibition at the Old Courthouse last Friday, Feb. 27.

ART EXPOSED is a 10-day open community art exhibition featuring work by area artists of all ages and in all mediums. As part of the exhibit, a team of jurors awarded prizes to several of the 202 entered works. The list of awards appears below.

While it’s nice to be recognized, the emphasis of Art Exposed is on community engagement, exposure and feedback, says Kathy Sinclair, executive director of the Kamloops Arts Council.

“Art Exposed celebrates the talent in our community,” she stated. “Some participating artists practise art full-time. Others may spend their days as baristas, doctors, students, social workers, teachers or administrators, and their spare time creating art. They’re all artists, and we celebrate each and every one.” View the full list of participating artists and youth participants.

Jurors Katie Brennan, Emily Hope and Vaughn Warren made the award selections. Photos of the winning works may be seen at the KAC website.

Art Exposed 2015 Jurors’ Choice Awards

Best in Show ($200): Rebecca Shepherd, Frank (ceramic)

1st Place, 2D ($100): Wendy Patrick, Story of Stone 2; Great Wall of China (coloured pencil)

2nd Place, 2D ($75): Dale Redfern, Enderby Road Crew (pencil)

3rd Place, 2D ($50): Bill Fell, Taft Pt. (b&w photo)

1st Place, 3D ($100): Jaz Whitford, Untitled (beeswax)

2nd Place, 3D ($75): Donna Vanderlip, Gravity (clay)

3rd Place, 3D (tie, $50): Mike Kehler, Dead Steam (wood)

Honourable Mentions:
Kirsten Atkins, “Fire”
Mackenzie Barber, “School Behind the Scenes”
Leslie Bolin, “Four Corners”
Ron Chertkow, “Winter at Sun Peaks”
Ray Choi, “Princess Diana”
Una Connor, “Yes Make Time Yes”
Lily Dalley, “Expansion Loops”
Glenn Hilke, “My Darling Daughter”
Nicole Joss, “Pretty in Pink”
Isha Jules, “INAC Party Ride”
Bailey Koopmans, “Forget Me Knots”
Liam O’Connell, “Heart”
Lexi Pearce, “Life Giver”
Kelly Perry, “Bees”
Lance Regan, “Vineyards Overlooking Vaseaux Lake”
Regina Sadilkova, “Vector Analysis”
Lynne Underwood, “Cattails at Sunrise”
Nancy Van Wagoner, “Uneasy Flight”
Meghan Watkinson, “Straws”
Jaz Whitford, “One Road”

People’s Choice & Artist’s Choice Awards will be announced at the end of the exhibit, March 8.

Art Exposed continues at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre, 7 Seymour St. W, through to March 8 and is open 10am to 5pm daily. Admission is by donation. Buy or rent your favourite piece — this year, select artwork is available for rent via the Kamloops Arts Council’s new Art Rental Pilot Project.