Show your colours

Residents can support the arts community and become a part of Penticton history

This is an open invitation to all Pentictonites who truly love this city; who think of this town as their “place to stay forever”.

Six years ago, my husband became a member of the board of directors for the Okanagan School of the Arts. At that time, OSA was working out of the offices at Leir House and Russell, having been involved in both teaching and recommending students at the school, felt compelled to join the board and help them further their expanding vision for a more community encompassing facility.

After two years on the board, my husband convinced me of the worth and necessity of the arts school and I, too, became a board member. Not long after I joined, the Penticton arts scene had a momentous and rare opportunity come available. The old Shatford building, a lovely but aged piece of our heritage, was in immanent danger of being demolished along with several other sites on the Pen High property.

The public outcry was loud. But it wasn’t until a rather daring suggestion was put forward to city council by OSA that a solution was found to save the Shatford.

Fast forward to 2012 and look at how far we’ve come. We proud Pentictonites have another chance at a rare and momentous opportunity.

By becoming part of the Colours of the Shatford Founding Contributor Program, you have the chance to add your name to those on the permanent commemorative plaque that will hold pride of place in the Shatford foyer.

This is a chance to be part of Penticton history in this “place to stay forever”.

Russell and Christine Stasiuk

 

OSA directors