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 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.
Suzanne has always delighted in organizing, teaching, and promoting the arts. Through education and 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 setting. 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
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.
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 promotions, 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.
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.