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Awards celebrate BC Leaders in Style and Function

Style and function are the focus for the five talented British Columbians named today as recipients of the 2007 BC Creative Achievement Awards by Premier Gordon Campbell and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation.

“British Columbia has a strong culture of design and innovation, and this year’s Creative Award recipients exemplify the depth of talent and skill that we have in this province,” said Campbell. “We can all be proud of the accomplishments of these designers and the profile they bring to B.C. on the world stage.”

“We were delighted to receive 91 submissions from artists and designers around British Columbia,” said Mitchell. “The jury had difficult decisions to make with so many outstanding works, produced with such passion.” Mitchell added, “The foundation is also pleased to announce that all the award-winning recipients’ works of art and design will be shared across British Columbia in a Traveling Showcase, visiting B.C. communities from June 2007 to May 2008.”

The recipients of the third annual BC Creative Achievement Awards are:
• Jill Allan – glass
• Rachelle Chinnery – ceramics
• Renata Crowe – jewelry
• Patricia Fieldwalker – fashion
• Teale Merkeley – furniture

The recipients of the 2007 BC Creative Achievement Awards will be recognized at a ceremony held June 4, 2007 at The Studios at Shaw Tower in Vancouver. Each recipient will receive $5,000 and be granted the use of the British Columbia Creative Achievement Award seal to signify their creative excellence. The 2007 Traveling Showcase will be on display during the ceremony.

The recipients were selected by an independent jury chaired by board member Dr. Robert Belton, dean of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan. The jury was comprised of Sam Carter, artist, craft and design educator, and associate professor at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design; Allan Collier of Victoria, design curator and historian; Ron Kong, manager of Circle Craft Co-operative Shop and Gallery and former curator, Canadian Craft Museum; and Coleen Nemtin of West Vancouver, who has served on many art gallery and advisory boards in both Vancouver and Seattle, and has helped raise more than $1 million for Vancouver’s Contemporary Art Gallery.

2007 Presentation Ceremony