Category Archives: Arts Council News

Winter Games legacy

Arts Council President, Rosemary Landry receives legacy cheque from Winter Games Vice-President, Dee-Ann Stickel with Games President, Darren Snider and Mayor Lori Ackerman looking on.

As part of the record breaking BC Winter Games legacy raised by the Fort St. John organizing committee, the Fort St. John Community Arts Council received $60,000 to go to the Sue Popesku Memorial Fund which will be used to establish an endowment fund to support the arts in the North Peace Region. It was a long held dream of Sue’s to create a foundation that would provide support and consistent funding for the Arts Council programs and would benefit all artists and arts groups.

The fund, which was set up in Sue’s name after her sudden passing last April, will build on the work that she did for the betterment of this community over more than 40 years of involvement with the Arts Council.

Donations can be made to the Fund by cheque or e-transfer to the Fort St. John Community Arts Council. Please note on the memo line or the e-transfer that the donation is for the Sue Popesku Memorial Fund.

Through this fund we will honour the legacy of the BC Winter Games in Fort St. John as well as that of a remarkable and beloved person who we still miss.

Festival Plaza Call for Artists

With support from the Fort St. John Arts Council, the City of Fort St. John is hosting a public art competition that offers local artists the opportunity to leave a lasting impression in the Centennial Park Festival Plaza. Artists are invited to submit concepts for the creation of the cut-out imagery that will adorn the fire obelisks. Each fire obelisks has four flat metal sides that will have cut-out designs featuring the winning artwork from this competition. Winners will be selected by a three-member selection panel, who will score the submission using a criteria matrix, and each winning submission will receive a $2,000 honorarium.

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Terms of Reference

Competition Form and Templates

Art Competition Templates

Ekphrastic Writing Contest REsults

Congratulations to the writers who were recognized at this year’s Ekphrastic Writing Exhibit and to the artists whose work inspired these writers

Enormous thanks to the fabulous Jeanette Lynes for blind-judging the submissions.

From the adjudicator Jeanette Lynes: “Thank you all for your poems! What a rich and varied group, and lively engagements with the works of art, which provided powerful sources of imagery and vocality. Congratulations to all the entrants, and the artists whose work proved so inspirational.”

Distinguished Award ($200): Marilyn Belak – “Himalayan Blackberry, Rubus armeniacus or Eugenics, Colonialism & Abugidas” (inspired by Haley Bassett’s “Stop”)

Second Prize ($100): Shannon Craig – “Adrift in a Drift” (inspired by Barbara Swail’s “Solastalgia”)

Honourable Mentions (in alphabetical order)

Tanya Clary – “Phoenix” (Inspired by Melissa Klassen’s “Phoenix”)

Pamela den Ouden – “Superheroes Still” (inspired by Sherry Reynard’s “Watching Waves”)

Melanie Mason – “Last of Sadness Thesaurus” (inspired by Karl Mattson’s “Lost”)

Seanah Roper – “Love” (inspired by “Love” by Tracy Krauss)

Tamara Sunchild – “Creation” (inspired by Melissa Klassen’s “Creation)

Barbara Swail – “Stop” (inspired by Haley Bassett’s “Stop”)

Katelyn Vandersteen – “Amphibian Fog” (inspired by Melissa Klassen’s “Amphibian Fog”)