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Patrons of the Arts

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

About

Patrons of the Arts (POTA) is a group of individuals WHO share a powerful commitment to their community of Campbell River, BC, and the visual and performing artists WHO 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 showing up for the artists in their community, cheering their efforts, and spreading 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.

 

Events

2021 EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

THE EDGE

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 former POTA Director 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 came true. The Anchor Inn provides us with the space and looks after sales. All of our attention is on our artists. 

2020 EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

TIDEMARK THEATRE SPRING AND SUMMER DRAMA CAMPS FOR YOUTH

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! 

NORTH ISLAND COLLEGE BURSARY

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

DOWNTOWN WEARABLE ART WINDOW DISPLAY – JULY-AUGUST

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 spotlights. 

WEARABLE ART SHOW HEADING OUT IN OUR HATS – AUGUST

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!

POP UP PAINTERS – AUGUST

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.

YOUNG AT ART – NOVEMBER

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

2019 EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

CAMPBELL RIVER GARDEN TOUR – JULY

What a wonderful weekend! It was a record with 291 tickets sold. 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.

RIVER CITY ARTS FESTIVAL – JULY

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 – SEPTEMBER

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. There were also readings from local writers and music. Guests met the artists, celebrating their art in a relaxed social setting.

ART + EARTH FESTIVAL ART SHOW: ULTIMATE GIFT BOUTIQUE – SEPTEMBER

Charlotte Deptford’s Ultimate Gift Boutique showcased Campbell River artists’ works that reflected an art and earth theme.

WEARABLE ART FASHION SHOW – A FUN AND FUNKY EVENT – OCTOBER

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 the Wearable Art Fashion Show Page.

Board Members

PATRONS OF THE ARTS BOARD MEMBER PROFILES

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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.

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Shelley Humble

Vice-Chair

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. 

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Heather Hughson

Treasurer

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.

Suzanne Clemens

Director

Suzanne has always delighted in organizing, teaching, and promoting the arts. Through education & extensive travel she has acquired insight into many forms of art.  POTA truly benefits from Suzanne’s depth of knowledge in respect to event planning and art appreciation. Her gift is an artistic flair that magically transforms any settings. You are treated to the “wow factor” with her design and functionality that are always on full display. Through POTA, Suzanne is delighted to turn her energy to supporting our local visual and performing artists. 

Heather Gordon Murphy Pota Director

Heather Gordon Murphy

Director

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 over 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.

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Eiko Jones

Director

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 a film maker, working on films about salmon and the link to the people of Campbell River. His work is in the National Geographic Fine Art Galleries. Eiko’s vision and artistic talent are invaluable to POTA.

Karen Seaboyer

Director

A breath of fresh air absolutely describes Karen. Born and raised in Campbell River, Karen’s extensive career as an arts administrator has ranged from the East Coast Music Awards to the Junos to the Vancouver Chamber Choir. With a Public Relations degree from Halifax, she has worked in radio, produced concerts and art shows, and loves meeting audience members. Karen’s vivacious energy is contagious. POTA benefits from her fresh perspective for all projects that come our way. She enthusiastically supports heritage conservation, plays the piano, tends a garden, and bakes a wicked cheesecake. Karen is delighted to return to Campbell River to share her passion for the arts and promote west coast creators of all genres. 

Bev Sievwright

Director

After 25 years of working with a communications company in Alberta, Bev decided to dust off her sewing machine and do something else with her time. She became busy selling her handmade creations at markets around Spruce Grove, but then she and her husband packed up and moved to Vancouver Island. Now well into her second decade of embracing island living, she juggles many volunteer opportunities in Campbell River alongside her passion for sewing. In addition to working on custom projects, she sews and sells linens at markets – notably, a series of adorable children’s smocks in cheerful prints that capture island scenes, holidays and animals. Ensconced in the local arts and culture community, she eventually connected with Patrons of the Arts and is now a welcome member of the board.

Membership

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

You will be eligible to participate in various events exclusively for POTA, 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.