The Okanagan School of the Arts, Shatford Centre now has its board in place for 2017/2018 including returning and new directors.
Returning directors are Dick Harris, Karen Collins, Louise Punnett, Georgia Krebs and Paul Crawford.
New directors are Bill Everden, Harriet Rogan, Sharon Snow and Sue Gibbons.
Dick Harris was born and raised in Penticton and is a graduate of Penticton Secondary. He spent his entire working career in the dairy industry with Noca Dairy and Dairyland in British Columbia and Alberta. He became a manager of corporate sales.
Upon retirement, he took an interest in vineyards working with a friend on design, installation and maintenance of vineyards.
His volunteer experience includes being a member and instructor of Penticton Search and Rescue and a member of the Naramata Fire Department.
Karen Collins is a descendant of pioneering families of both the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys.
Karen developed a love and appreciation of history from a young age. She is a member of the Okanagan Historical Society and for the past several years has been President of the Penticton Branch.
With strong marketing and sales development skills and having achieved a Certificate in Human Resource Management she has led innovative initiatives to build top-performing sales teams. Retired from sales management with the Hudson’s Bay Company, she wants to do more to benefit the community.
Louise Punnett is a graduate of Penticton Secondary (1969) and studied Theatre and
English at UBC where she earned a Bachelor of Secondary Education (1974). Her career as a teacher spans thirty years and several locales including Toronto, Kelowna,
Victoria and Burnaby.
Returning to live and work in Penticton in 1987, she taught English and Drama at McNicoll Park, Princess Margaret and Penticton Secondary, retiring in
Life long interests include creative movement and voice expression, yoga, sustainable gardening, and hiking, biking and skiing in our wonderful Okanagan Valley.
Georgia Krebs earned a Bachelor of Interior Design with the University of Manitoba.
Georgia’s professional career, focused on commercial interiors, including hotels, restaurants and office space planning.
Around 2001, Georgia’s boys were in university so she moved around the west coast, from Washington, Nevada, and Oregon with her husband as he managed residential
high-rise projects. “This became my time to focus on art, something that was always part of my life but didn’t have enough time to immerse myself.
I focused on water colours, a challenge from my design years.”
She was in Portland from 2004 through 2007, at the Portland Art Museum. She had the opportunity to fulfill a dream and entered their docent training program,
touring children from kindergarten to high school and adults with specific gallery
requests. “It was the highlight of my time in Portland.”
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Paul Crawford has been active in British Colulumbia’s visual arts community for the past twenty years having earned a degree in art history from the University of Victoria. His curatorial experience and interests are diverse and range from public museums to commercial galleries, encompassing both historic and contemporary art practices.
In 2006 Paul Crawford was appointed the Director/Curator of the Penticton Art Gallery.
As the Director/Curator of the Grand Forks Art Gallery from 2002 – 2006, he spearheaded the process of relocating the gallery to its current location in the renovated
former court house.
He is frequently invited to be a speaker by various organizations and institutions across the province and has written numerous articles exploring the rich history of British Columbia.
Bill Everden was born in rural Eastern Ontario and moved to Penticton in 1987.
He is semi-retired from his own business, which he operated for 25 years. He is a family man, having been
married to his wife June for 47 years, having 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.
He is an avid artist who currently has a studio at the Martin Street Gallery.
He presently chairs a fundraiser for the Penticton Rotary Club called the Rotary Palette of Penticton,
which will include a live auction, silent auction, wine, ale, spirit and food tasting that will
happen in January 2018.
Previously he organized and developed an art show for the Rotary Club of Westbank which was called the Okanagan Art Fair and it became a major fundraiser for that club.
Harriet Rogan has been enjoying a robust and enthusiastic 16 years in BC since her busy and productive life in health care. She enjoys arts and culture very much and has traveled extensively to many interesting places including Northern Canada, where her daughter and family lived.
She strongly feels that creativity is the backbone of wellness for individuals and our communities.
Harriet was a Registered Nurse and part time Supervisor for a 1,000 bed hospital and
accepted the position of Head Nurse of a Peritoneal Dialysis Program. After nursing, she returned to university and received a Masters Degree in Psychotherapy and became a Supervisor in that field. Harriet had a private practice in Marriage and Family Therapy in Ontario, did work in Eastern Europe after the fall of communism.
On return to Canada, she again opened a private practice in Ontario where she worked for several years. She then decided to move to British Columbia and worked as a therapist for Mental Health.
Sharon Snow is a visual artist who has lived in Penticton since 1970.
She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has been part of their exhibitions at the Shatford Centre since the first exhibit ‘Triptych’ was installed in 2011. Sharon was also a partner in the Front Street Gallery for 8 years.
Recently, Sharon was on the committee for the Federation of Canadian Artists’ Connections Conference, which included a national juried exhibition, a day of demonstrations and two days of workshops.
Sharon is a member of the Okanagan School of the Arts and an example of life-long learning. She enthusiastically helps out wherever she is able to. “I was very impressed
with the entire organization, facilities and resources when I worked on the Connections Conference and decided I would like to be part of it,” said Sharon.
Before actively pursuing her artistic interests, Sharon was employed for 27 years in the health care field, working the last 10 years before retirement as the Manager of the Sterile Processing Department at the Penticton Regional Hospital.
Sue Gibbons was born in Uranium City, Saskatchewan and moved to Penticton when she was four years old. She went through her school years here, graduating from Penticton Secondary (Pen-Hi). She met her husband to be (Gary) in Barbados while on vacation and moved to Edmonton for eight years until she talked him into moving to Penticton in 1987.
Sue and Gary have been married for 37 years, having two sons and two grandchildren, so far!
Sue was on staff to open the Woodward’s Store in Penticton and carried on with the Hudson’s Bay Company, finishing off her career with HBC as Human Resources
Sue currently works at the Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen in the Development Services Department.