2021 EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
THE EDGE – FEBRUARY 1
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.
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 TO AUGUST 15
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.
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 “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.