Patrons of the Arts

Opportunity, Support, Celebrate- our Local Visual, Written, and Performing Artists


Patrons of the Arts (POTA) is a group of individuals that share a powerful commitment to their community of Campbell River, BC, and the visual and performing artists that reside there.

  Most people believe the act of being a ‘Patron’ involves large sums of money and contributing only to an organization, museum or individual. Yes, that is certainly one way, but that is not our way.  

POTA members know it is actually possible for all to support art, and the artists. It does not have to be difficult, time consuming, or expensive, and the results can be powerful with long lasting effects.

POTA members are committed to show up for the artists in their community, cheer their efforts, and spread the word.  By becoming a member, you too will help build opportunities to support the arts in the community allowing those around us to continue adding beauty, truth telling and meaning in our lives.





As you enter the Anchor Inn lobby you are introduced to “THE EDGE”, a captivating boutique overlooking the ocean, and offering an amazing selection of “island inspired art”. 

Partnerships! Yes, we continue to build partnerships that enable us to celebrate our visual and performing artists. 

Our exquisite shop came to be when Charlotte Deptford put in motion a partnership for POTA with Bev Herperger, General Manager of the Anchor Inn. Charlotte had her “Ultimate Gift Boutique” in the lobby and, as she was retiring, she envisioned POTA providing opportunities and supporting artists and artisans with a new shop.

Voilà! A dream comes true. The Anchor Inn provides us with the space and looks after sales. All of our attention is on our artists. 



POTA sponsored mentors for both camps. This was an exciting opportunity for youth to delve into the world of performance and all that makes it happen – lighting, sound, action! 


A $1000 bursary was awarded to a Fine Arts student who demonstrated an all-out work ethic and a passion for the arts.


The Wearable Art Show took on a new look as designers from the fall 2019 show, Amy Louise (Mother), Tami Bennett (Beyond the Blue), Mona Craig (Lucky Dress), and Charlotte Deptford (Queen of Hearts), provided their pieces for display in the former Needles and Arts Centre window. The display was amazing and brought a smile to passersby. This was truly a partnership event! A quick drop into Mercedes Lane Too and La Tee Da and our request for mannequins was fulfilled. Kris at Impressions provided us with lighting and the Tidemark Theatre provided the spotlights. 


Reality – the fall 2020 Wearable Art Show was not going to happen. So, what shall we do instead? How about a wearable art summertime event? Voilà! We sent out a challenge to design and create hats. Adult and child artists took up our challenge. We had an amazing array of hats that downtown shops displayed in their windows. Everyone who participated received gift certificates from shops in the Downtown BIA. Laughter and a sense of connection with our community happened in spades. POTA was the talk of the town!


One beautiful August day we adorned our downtown streets with pop up artists. It was a wonderful success. Shoppers stopped by to have a look and chat with the artists. There were gift certificates for the painters, shoppers for the shops. Watch for events like this in the future.


Nadia Reiger’s “The Crow’s Nest Gallery” hosted this event. Creative young artists participated and POTA provided $450 prize money that was awarded in the form of gift certificates.


Campbell River Garden Tour

July 6 and 7 2019

What a wonderful weekend! 291 tickets were sold. It was a record. The gardens were beautiful, the visitors appreciative, and the 25+ artists and musicians amazing. This was a collaborative event with POTA partnering with the CR Garden Club and the City of CR as hosts. Just 2 years to wait for the next one.

River City Arts Festival

July 20 2019

An Art Zentangle experience with Barb Round and Penny Gosselin was sponsored by POTA and CR Arts Council.

Zentangle creates amazing art by drawing patterns called tangles, a method designed by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. All you have to be able to do is to make elemental strokes, and a world of patterns begins to unfold as you are guided through a relaxing (thus the zen), fun, and easy method. It’s magical!

Art + Earth Festival Celebration — An Evening Soirée

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Patrons of the Arts (POTA) hosted an enjoyable evening soirée at the Campbell River Museum on behalf of the Festival. POTA featured the unveiling of original art work from four local artists: Eiko Jones, photography; Jill Paris Rody, painting; Ellen Statz, pottery; Alex Witcombe, Drifted Creations — as well as readings from local writers and music too. Guests met the artists, celebrating their art in a relaxed social setting.

In anticipation of a second Art + Earth Festival in the fall of 2020, POTA has reserved the Tidemark Theatre Art Gallery for a visual and performing art show and reception.

Art + Earth Festival Art Show

Ultimate Gift Boutique Art Show – September 2019

Charlotte Deptford’s “Ultimate Gift Boutique” showcased local artists work that reflect an art and earth theme. The boutique celebrated the inspiring work of Campbell River artists.

Wearable Art Fashion Show – A Fun and Funky Event

October 5, 2019

This fabulous evening featured choreographed presentations by visual and performing artists on stage in the Tidemark Theatre. Designers and models dazzled the audience.

For photos and more information go to Wearable Art Fashion Show Page

Board Members


penny gosselin chair pota

Penny Gosselin

Chair / Secretary

Penny abounds in creative energy and sees our community as the art place to be. Her background includes leadership roles as an educator and Director on the Tidemark Theatre Society and the CR Arts Council Boards.  Penny is a designer of unique jewelry. She views POTA as a dream come true as it opens doors to local artists and enhances our community.

shelley humble vice chair pota

Shelley Humble


Shelley is a diverse and seasoned professional. She works side by side with stakeholders building vision into reality. Shelley’s upbeat energy and style, along with her expertise in business, are amazing attributes that greatly benefit our local artists and community through POTA. 

heather hughson treasurer pota

Heather Hughson


Heather reflects the heart of the art community in Campbell River. She is an artist, painting mostly with acrylics, with the recent addition of oils to her artistic repertoire. Heather works for the CR Arts Council and curates art shows at the Sybil Andrews Cottage.  POTA benefits from Heather’s warm welcome to art enthusiasts and her wonderful rapport with our local artists.

alyssa penner pota director

Alyssa Penner


Alyssa attended North Island College and is actively involved in the Campbell River art community. Her art includes a variety of subjects and styles. Alyssa brings to POTA her passion of learning and growing through conversations with artists. She has established a local group whereby artists come together once a month and talk all things creative. She works in her studio and teaches at The Crow’s Nest Gallery and Art Studio.

eiko jones pota director

Eiko Jones


Whether exploring bodies of water, or the land that surrounds them, Eiko Jones has developed a dramatic style in which he celebrates the corners of our world which are seldom seen. He captures the surreal through his camera lens. Eiko is an internationally known fine art photographer. He is also an emerging film maker, currently working on two films about salmon and the link to the people of Campbell River. Recently he had an image accepted into the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries. Eiko’s vision and artistic talent are invaluable to POTA.

Heather Gordon Murphy Pota Director

Heather Gordon Murphy


All who know Heather look with wonder at her energy, enthusiasm, and generosity. Her infectious upbeat approach motivates those around her to excel. Heather has 35 years of experience as a dance and movement artist, artistic director, and costume designer.  She is also an internationally renowned choreographer. Her extensive community and international involvement (art, tourism, volunteer groups, non-profit boards and more) and performing arts background bring expertise, experience, and vision to POTA. POTA’s “let’s do it” approach to engaging and supporting performing and visual artists in our community fits Heather to a tee.

charlotte deptford pota board member

Charlotte Deptford


Charlotte loves the arts — performing, visual, musical, written. As a young woman she put 2 years of commercial design behind her, only to discover years later that bringing art to life is where she wants to be. Now she is fully engaged in the arts. Her positive energy, expertise, experience, and the ability to generate creative ideas are wonderful assets for POTA. The POTA board is a great fit for Charlotte as everyone shares the same passion in regard to supporting and providing opportunities to our local artists. A bonus is that it is all fun. Passion, commitment, excitement, fun — these are attributes Charlotte highly values.


The Patrons of the Arts (POTA) membership is $120 per year which includes membership in the Campbell River Arts Council (if you are already a member your membership will be extended for a year).

You will be eligible to participate in various events exclusively for Patrons, as well as having “first choice” for tickets at premier events like the Wearable Art Fashion show.

You will receive a membership card, window sticker and tax receipt (for $100).

You can pay using PayPal or by cheque.

Click here for application form.