The Botten Family, in conjunction with the Gabriola Arts Council, has created an award in David’s name from the generous donations received in the Spring at his funeral. The David Botten Renaissance Award. The award honours a Gabriola artist who embodies the same passion for the arts that David did and shares them with community and the world.
The 2021 winner was Mikey Swallow.
David’s life long love of the arts was known to all that ever met him. Whether he was singing, playing, drawing, painting, acting or designing, creativity brought him joy. He believed that the arts in any dimension is a powerful way to explore and comprehend our deepest emotions.
He had a special place in his heart for helping others to explore their own creativity in any medium. He encouraged with passion.
The winner of the award will receive $1200. One award will be given out each year for three years. On the evening of September 6th, as that was David’s birthday, we will celebrate David and present the award. Details to follow. The funds are to engage and encourage the winner’s talents.
Please nominate the artist on Gabriola who you think is a Renaissance artist practicing a variety of art forms, such as: musician, graphic designer, painter, illustrator, ceramicist, poet, etc. A person who seems to do it all and do it well. All ages are eligible and the nominee must live on Gabriola. Nominations close August 26th at 4pm.
If you would like to donate to the David Botten Renaissance Award to ensure its longevity, please use the DONATE button on this website and choose ONLINE and use the drop down menu to select the David Botten Renaissance Award. You can also send an e-transfer to email@example.com and specify David Botten Renaissance Award in the comments or you can drop off cash/cheque to the Gabriola Arts Council (cheques made payable to the Gabriola Arts Council and they will be deposited into the David Botten Renaissance Award restricted account).
Nominations are now closed. The winner will be announced on September 6th at the celebration at the Commons at 8:30pm.