Umbrellas open opportunity for arts

Penticton council on board with plan to find sponsors for patio umbrellas decorated by local artists

Charlie Utz

Charlie Utz

Penticton will be an even more colourful place this summer if a new plan from the arts and culture committee gets the amount of support they are hoping for.

They’re looking to find up to 30 sponsors willing to put up the money for a large patio umbrella, which will then be decorated by a local artist. The resulting works would be put to use around town for the summer before being auctioned off later in the year.

“The purpose of this project is to create some movement and some fundraising for the arts and culture committee at no cost to the city,” said Alison Markin, chair of the committee.

“As a committee, we decided we should come up with some sort of program where we can start raising some funds to be held in trust by the City of Penticton for future use for public art, other programs or something related to arts and culture.”

The concept is to find sponsors to purchase about 20 to 30 of the unfinished canvas umbrellas. Each of the $300 sponsorships would cover the costs of the umbrella, marketing and paints.

“Also, it gives the artists $100 so they would be paid for their time,” said Markin.

“That was something the committee felt was really important, to showcase the artists but also support artists in Penticton and not constantly be asking artists to contribute their time and creativity for free.”

The sponsor would work with the artist to create the umbrella, said Markin, and then would have the original work of art at their business throughout this year’s tourist season.

In mid-September, the umbrellas would be collected from the sponsoring businesses to be part of a display leading up to the Reimagine Art Festival, where they would eventually be auctioned.

The potential revenue from the auction is expected to be in the range of $6,000, if they manage to find 30 sponsors.

“It would be great if we could hit our goal of $10,000,” said Markin, adding that the money would be placed in trust with the city until the committee decides on a public art or funding initiative to direct it to.

Sponsors would also be given the chance to purchase their umbrella, rather than let it go up for auction.

“You sponsor the piece of art first, then at the end of the program if you decide you want to keep it, you have the opportunity to buy it back at a cheaper price,” said Markin.

“If you don’t want to keep it, then it goes up for auction.”

Penticton council has already jumped on board, followed closely by Coun. John Vassilaki.

“You just stole my thunder, I was going to be the one to take the first one,” said Vassilaki. “I would be more than happy to sponsor one myself.”

 

Just Posted

Longtime SOWINS volunteer Diane Fru (far left) walks with members of her family as they Walk To End Abuse Sunday, June 13, 2021. South Okanagan Women In Needs Society (SOWINS) raised a record amount this year. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Walk to End Abuse in South Okanagan breaks fundraising record

More than $53,000 raised so far while the pandemic has increased need for SOWINS’ services

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Geordie Fife exits the dunk tank during 2017’s Discovery House Father’s Day festivities at Skaha Lake Park. The fundraiser helps raise awareness of the work done at the house and break down the stigma associated with addiction. (Western News File)
Discovery House Father’s Day fundraiser goes digital

The addiction recovery program will be rolling out videos ahead of the fundraiser

The proposed design of the five-storey building on Front Street. (City of Penticton)
Five-storey building proposed for Penticton’s Front Street

It will be the second time the proposal will head to council

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from St. Eugene’s residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

(Heather Lueck image)
Crash north of Enderby knocks out power, slows Highway 97A traffic

A witness captured footage of a medical helicopter landing at the scene

Most Read