Sunday, May 07, 2006

The Arts Awards Gala and SchmoozeFest

Last night was the first of these I was able to attend and the one piece of advice I received over and over about the event was to dress lightly, it gets pretty fucking hot in the Reid Theatre. This turned out to be true, but from what I heard it wasn't nearly as bad as previous years.

If memory serves, the winners were: Emerging Artist: Duane Andrews ( he beat out Ali Pick and Tina Holter (who?)), Patron of the Arts: Dave Hopley of Living Planet. Art Educator: Benni Malone and Artist of the Year: Lisa Moore. It was hosted by Ruth Lawrence and Sherry White and Kelley Russell with Sean Panting and Anita Best (amongst others) providing the music. It was a pretty good event, especially with the opportunity to laugh at/with the step dancers from time to time, who despite screwing up occasionally, were really fun to watch.

The after party was absolutely jam packed with people and food and free drinks and there was this sort of glazed tension hanging in the air that's a mixture of nervousness and shyness and small talk and boredom and shmoozing. We didn't stay long for that.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jennifer B. said...

Tina Dolter is an artist from the west coast -- graduated from Grenfell in 2002. I believe figure painting is her thing these days, to put it broadly.
On a side note, I really enjoyed Alligator; I hear it's gonna be a movie soon.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Craig,

glad I found this blog..

Sorry to have missed the arts awards. free drinks and strange congratulations.... sign me up...

...glenn...

www.myspace.com/glennnuotio

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't know all of those artist that won awards but i did read alligator. I found myself questioning her choice of words and descriptions of everything sooo much that i definately can say it was hard to not just throw the book away. the reason i didn't do that is because it is a hard cover book and i like the way new books feel. We are definately hard up for movie ideas in Canada.

1:33 PM  

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