Gabriola arts council

Bill pope is awarded the Arty Award by Frank Shoemaker, Gabriola Island

The 2023 Arty Award goes to Bill Pope

In 2023 we presented the Arty Award to a wonderful Gabriolan. Someone who captures all the Arty happenings on the island, not for profit, but for the joy of documenting those special moments. He also gives portrait sessions, documents the changing state of nature on the island, and can be seen at almost every event. 

Bill Pope is the 2023 Arty Award winner.

The Gabriola Arts Council and the Isle of the Arts Festival is so very pleased to pass on the Arty Award to Bill.

call for nominations

Nominate a person, collective, or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the arts on Gabriola Island in the past year. The deadline to submit is March 29th.

then and now

how the trophy has evolved

It started as a humble hodge-podge of basic materials. A plastic garden pot, a plastic bowl, and no embelishments whatsoever. A year later she returned it with a few embelishments – that’s an artists touch!

Since the first year, each Arty Award recipient adds their own mark to the trophy. With touches of music, theatre, pottery, painting and more – The trophy has truly come to life!

arty award trophy 2023

who receives it

The Arty Award is given to a community member or organization who has made an outstanding contribution to the arts and culture of Gabriola during the previous year.

previous arty award recipients

bill pope

bill pope

2023

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frank shoemaker

2022

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gwen spinks

2021

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paul gellman

2020

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gabriola players

2019

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gary holmes

2018

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graham sheehan

2017

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gail lund

2016

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leah hokanson

2015

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tammy hudgeon

2014

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sheila norgate

2013

Jim fedora

jim wilson-storey

2012

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kathy mcintyre

2011