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Awards ceremony and AGM set for Oct. 26

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Janice Williams (Junco Jan) is the recipient of this year’s Gillian Lowndes Award.

The Sunshine Coast Arts Council is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Arts Awards. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre, Trail and Medusa in Sechelt, at 8 p.m.

Presented at this event will be: Simon Gidora, currently studying violin and voice at the Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary, winner of the Louise Baril Memorial Music Award. He has been the winner of numerous awards in piano, violin, voice and chamber music and counts performing the Mendelssohn violin concerto as a soloist with the Sunshine Coast Community Orchestra one of his highlights of the last couple of years.

Yvonne Stowell, of FibreWorks Studio & Gallery, is this year’s recipient of the Anne and Philip Klein Visual Arts Award. Through FibreWorks, Stowell has created a rich and diverse centre that has become a haven for local and international fibre artists. An example of the inspiring events that have been held at FibreWorks was the 2016 International Fungi and Fibre Symposium, drawing international presenters and participants.

Janice Williams (Junco Jan) is the winner of the Gillian Lowndes Award. Williams is a multi-faceted artist. In 2016 she was awarded the Anne and Philip Klein Award for her book, Mental Case 101: Trussed Issues; her photography has been exhibited in numerous galleries; she is the host of an open mic series initially held in her own home, designed to give writers a warm and welcoming space to read and discuss their work; and in 2018 she will be curating Coast Lite, which will involve 2D and 3D art as well as music and live performance.

The Awards Ceremony follows the Sunshine Coast Arts Council’s AGM which starts at 7 p.m. All members of the SC Arts Council are welcome to participate in the proceedings. The evening will include wine and cheese and the music of pianist Anneka Bonser. All are welcome.

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