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In a report coming to Elliot Lake City Council at its next meeting Tuesday night, the City’s Arts and Culture Coordinator will present her report on September’s annual Arts on the Trail event. It was the eleventh such annual Northern Arts showing here, held on Sept.28.

“Arts on the Trail continues to be a more successful and cost-effective event being presented for one day only. We continue to see an increase in attendance, year to year, with this positive change,” Kate Matuszewski said in her report.

“2019 saw a 17 per cent increase in attendance, which has now surpassed our lowest attendance for the two-day event by 177 people. This clearly indicates a one-day event is far more successful,” Matuszewski said. “Our artists continue to prefer and support a one-day event and we have seen a further increase in participating artists in 2019, representing a 25 per cent increase over 2018. Increase in total sales over the previous year is 38 per cent.”

The report went on to note that food vendors were included at all four venues this fall and live musicians were a big part of the event. The “People’s Choice” Award results from Arts on the Trail were “Best Artist”: Sheila Currie, “Best Youth Artist”: Faith Bernard, “Best Musician”: Trilogy (Debbie French, Steve Panasky, Sheila Hoo) and “Best Emerging Artist”: Kelly Barbosa.

Thirty-five volunteers helped organizers run this year’s Arts on the Trail event.

Of those who attended and then surveyed 75 per cent were from Elliot Lake. Five percent of the visitors each came from southern Ontario and Sudbury.

Total attendance by venue, 1,145 at Collins Hall, 864 at Elliot Lake Airport, 850 at Dunlop Lake Lodge and 800 at Camp Thompson. Thirty-five percent of the people surveyed attended the arts event for the first time.

Artists received a total of $36,848 in sales and commissions. Seventy-six percent of those surveyed who attended found the prices they paid affordable.

Last July, the three day twentieth annual North Shore Challenge drag race attracted 1,521 visitors in two days in July at Elliot Lake Airport. Nonetheless,  total paid attendance continued to decline from 1,976 in 2017, to 1,648 in 2018 to 1,521 this summer.

This year’s actual budget for the North Shore Classic exceeded what was projected at 102 per cent of the estimate, or $227,440. Total revenue was $198,787. The budget loss was projected at $52,650. The year to date actual loss was $28,652.72. The variance between the budget and the actual was $23,997.

Those figures are from a report coming to Elliot Lake City Council on Tuesday night, submitted by the city’s Special Events Coordinator Darla Hennessy. 

“The decline in attendance is attributed to the Committee’s decision to offer only a weekend pass with no day pass availability,” Hennessy wrote in her report to council.

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Penticton arts, culture and sports programs get boost of over $500,000 thanks to provincial grant – Vernon Morning Star

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Penticton’s arts, cultural and athletic programs are getting a boost of over $500,000 thanks to this year’s round of B.C. Community Gaming Grants.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced on Nov. 7 that 700 non-profits throughout the province would receive $18.3 million in funding to “deliver opportunities for people of all ages to participate in visual and performing arts, literature and festivals, as well as Indigenous and cultural programs.” An additional $27 million will be provided to more than 800 sports sector organizations in B.C. through the program.

READ MORE: Nearly $2M in provincial grants going to Central Okanagan arts, sports programs

Six arts-related non-profits in the Penticton area will be splitting $158,500 and 12 sports organizations will be splitting $347,400 through the program. Notably, the Penticton Art Gallery Society will receive $56,000, the Penticton & District Minor Hockey Association will receive $86,500 and the Pinnacles Football Club Association will get $90,000.

“These programs bring people together, fostering community connections through art, cultural programming and athletic activities for all ages and abilities,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in the release. “Our government is proud to support organizations contributing to vibrant, healthy communities across B.C.”

“These art, culture and sport programs provide opportunities for people to build community, foster artistic expression and engage in healthy activities,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in the release. “Our government is proud to support these organizations to deliver programs that support inclusion and benefit people of all ages and backgrounds in communities across B.C.”

To view the full list of recipients of this year’s B.C. Community Gaming Grants in arts and culture, click here, and for the full list of sports organization recipients, click here.

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Penticton arts, culture and sports programs get boost of over $500,000 thanks to provincial grant – Pentiction Western News

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Penticton’s arts, cultural and athletic programs are getting a boost of over $500,000 thanks to this year’s round of B.C. Community Gaming Grants.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced on Nov. 7 that 700 non-profits throughout the province would receive $18.3 million in funding to “deliver opportunities for people of all ages to participate in visual and performing arts, literature and festivals, as well as Indigenous and cultural programs.” An additional $27 million will be provided to more than 800 sports sector organizations in B.C. through the program.

READ MORE: Nearly $2M in provincial grants going to Central Okanagan arts, sports programs

Six arts-related non-profits in the Penticton area will be splitting $158,500 and 12 sports organizations will be splitting $347,400 through the program. Notably, the Penticton Art Gallery Society will receive $56,000, the Penticton & District Minor Hockey Association will receive $86,500 and the Pinnacles Football Club Association will get $90,000.

“These programs bring people together, fostering community connections through art, cultural programming and athletic activities for all ages and abilities,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, in the release. “Our government is proud to support organizations contributing to vibrant, healthy communities across B.C.”

“These art, culture and sport programs provide opportunities for people to build community, foster artistic expression and engage in healthy activities,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, in the release. “Our government is proud to support these organizations to deliver programs that support inclusion and benefit people of all ages and backgrounds in communities across B.C.”

To view the full list of recipients of this year’s B.C. Community Gaming Grants in arts and culture, click here, and for the full list of sports organization recipients, click here.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.

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Time to get creative with the Okanagan School of the Arts – Pentiction Western News

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The Okanagan School of the Arts (OSA) has some upcoming classes to keep your creative juices flowing this winter.

Try your hand at the Oil Painting Portrait Class, which runs on four consecutive Thursdays beginning Nov. 21 to Dec. 12. The class takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and participants “will learn the craft of portait painting by applying classic methods,” according to the OSA website.

“The course will include the basics in drawing skills, design, learning to discern values, chroma and how to model form. The class will work on paint application and will discuss warm-cool colour balance and gaining clarity on the intended message,” states the online class description. “The controlled pallet method will be demonstrated. There will be lots of critique for those who are interested in learning how to paint representationally.”

If painting isn’t your cup of tea, you can instead create your own unique roll-on perfume at the Scent Journey class on Nov. 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. The workshop teaches about the “properties of essential oils and how to blend them” and will allow participants to select from 20 essential oils to “create a unique scente that resonates with them – body, mind and soul.”

After the class, those that want to recreate their signature scent can bring their roller bottle and perfume recipe card back to Stellar Ground to be refilled for $20.

READ MORE: Okanagan School of the Arts seems to be back on track

For kids looking to get crafty, there is the Kids Herbal Holiday Crafting session on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to noon. Kids from six to 12 years of age will learn about the “healing properties of plants” and make “handmade gifts for the holidays in this hands-on learning experience.”

“Using organic ingredients and organically-grown herbs, your child will create unique gifts with handmade labels their friends and family will love,” states the OSA website. “We will create a 100 per cent natural essential oil aftershave; a herbal lip balm; a body/bath oil infused with crystals, essential oils, and flowers; and a herbal tea blend (choose from recipes provided).”

The Adults Herbal Holiday Crafting session will follow that same day from 1 to 3 p.m. where participants will “create a herbal syrup for holiday drink mixing, a herbal-infused culinary salt blend, a herbal jelly and a holiday-inspired herbal tea blend.”

The OSA will also be hosting a Long Pose Session on Jan. 18 where participants will have the chance to paint from a live, costumed model. All levels are welcome at this class, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is instructed by Barbara Ward.

Ward is a “seasoned oil painter who has painted for over 40 years” and “looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge with her students.”

READ MORE: Video: New Penticton studio is a playground for creative types

There will also be the Art of Food Christmas Market at the school on Nov. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. The school, which is located in the Shatford Centre at 760 Main St., is also home to the Ideaforge Maker Studio where residents can access workshop space and specialized equipment and tools for their own projects.

The Ideaforge is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information about upcoming classes and events at the Okanagan School of the Arts, visit www.shatfordcentre.com or call 250-770-7668.

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