The Anne and Philip Klein Visual Arts Award

2017 Award Winner is Yvonne Stowell

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Yvonne Stowell photo by Paul Clancy

 

The Arts Council solicits nominations annually for the Anne and Philip Klein Visual Arts Award which is presented in November and carries a prize of $300.

The Klein Award was created in 2000 to honour the memory of Anne and Philip Klein and to encourage artists to continue their artistic passion late in life. After active careers the Kleins became art students in retirement, she as a spinner and weaver, and he as a sculptor. Their work garnered numerous awards, and after they settled in Roberts Creek, Anne Klein became a member of the Arts Council. The Award is financed by donations from the Klein family, friends and others who approve of the kind of encouragement it offers. Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by others.

Applications should include:

  • Artist’s contact information
  • Bio including when the individual began their artistic endeavours

The Artist selected to receive this award must be:

  • Over 65 years of age
  • A resident of the Sunshine Coast
  • Working in any of the visual arts, including the crafts and fibre arts
  • Preference will be given to those candidates pursuing an artistic passion developed late in life

Frances Wasserlein Community Leadership in Arts and Culture Award (NEW)

Each year the Arts Council will consider applications for the Frances Wasserlein Community Leadership Award of $250 to be awarded at our annual AGM at the end of October.

Frances Wasserlein was a courageous, feminist activist advocating for women and LGBT rights and change. She was passionate about building inclusive communities through many forms of art and culture. She was a member of the Sechelt Public Library Board and Executive Director (?) of the Sunshine Coast Arts Council. This award was lovingly initiated by Frances’ Book Club to celebrate her inspirational life and diverse accomplishments.

This award recognizes community members who have made significant leadership contributions as a volunteer that have enhanced arts and/or cultural events on the Sunshine Coast.

The candidate selected to receive this award must:

  • Be a Sunshine Coast resident
  • Have exhibited exemplary, sustained, leadership as a volunteer

Applications Should Include:

  • Candidate’s contact info
  • letters of support
  • a personal statement describing the candidate’s volunteer work and how it has enhanced the arts and/or cultural offerings on the Sunshine Coast

Gillian Lowndes Award

2017 Award Winner is Janice Williams

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Janice Williams photo by Paul Clancy

 

The Arts Council solicits nominations annually for the Gillian Lowndes Award. This Memorial Award was created in 1981 to honour the life and talent of Gillian Lowndes, a promising young Sunshine Coast dancer and vice-president of the Arts Council. Gillian died of cancer in 1981. The $1,500 cash award is financed by the Government of Canada bonds donated by Gillian’s parents and by a smaller donation from the Arts Council. Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by others.

Applications should include artist’s contact information.

The Artist selected to receive this award must be:

  • A Sunshine coast resident
  • Active in any arts discipline
  • Demonstrate long-standing achievement, innovation and recent growth in his/her field.

Louise Baril Memorial Music Award

2017 Award Winner is Simon Gidora

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Dianne Gidora accepts Simon Gidora’s award on his behalf, photo by Paul Clancy

 

Each year the Arts Council considers applications submitted by Sunshine Coast music students for an award of $300.

The award honours the memory of Louise Baril, a revered member of the Arts Council Board and Program director of Countryside Concerts from 1990 through to 1994, as well as an active participant in the Sunshine Coast music scene. Louise died in November of 1994. Applicants may be self-nominated or nominated by others.

The Musician selected to receive this award must:

  • Be undertaking advanced studies
  • Submit an outline with the artist’s past accomplishments, proposed course of study, and other relevant information.
  • Submit at least one letter of reference form a current or prospective music teacher

Photos by Paul Clancy