Announcing the Finalists for the 2017 Okanagan Arts Awards

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For the first time, to honour the incredible number of nominations for the 10th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards, we held a fun evening nominee event at The Forum Kelowna. Nominees met, mingled, we unveiled the awards that have been produced by Art Felt Collaborative and announced the finalists in each award category.

We’re thrilled to announce the finalists for the 10th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards!

Applied Arts: Lucas Glenn, Marijanel Knight, Tia Maria Soroskie

Art + Business: Linda Lovisa, Shandra Smith, Janice Taylor / Mazu Family

Business Supporter: Kelowna Tickets, Investors Group, Milkcrate Records

Community Impact: Bonnie Gratz / New Vintage Theatre, Karen Close / Heartfit, Jessica Hendrick

Dance: Ballet Kelowna, Creator’s Art Centre, Mark Dennis

Emerging Artist: Evan Berg, Immaculate, Erin Scott Innovation in the Arts:

Innovation in the Arts: Kinshira, Opera Kelowna, Erin Scott

Literature: Karen Autio, Matt Rader, Erin Scott

Music: Kim Kleineberg, Opera Kelowna, Adam Meachem

Theatre: Janet Anderson, Opera Kelowna, KinshiraTime Based Media:

Time-Based Media: Evan Berg, Joanne Gervais + Shauna Oddleifson, Pinstripe Productions

Visual Arts: Wanda Lock, Jolene Mackie, Tia Maria Soroskie

Lifetime Achievement: Julia Trops

These 37 of the Central Okanagan’s top artists in 12 nominations categories will be celebrated at the 10th Annual Okanagan Arts Awards Gala on Friday, May 12th, 2016 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts.