Arty Awards nomination period opens

Awards celebrate and highlight the achievements and contributions of local artists to the Abbotsford community

The nomination period for the Abbotsford Arts Council’s 11th annual Arty Awards has begun and will feature a new category.

The awards celebrate and highlight the achievements and contributions of local artists to the Abbotsford community and will be handed out April 11, 2015 at the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium in Abbotsford.

In addition to the existing 12 nomination categories that encompass a range of visual, performing and literary art forms, the Arts Council is for the first time accepting nominations to honour local culinary artists.

In addition to the Culinary Arts Arty Award category, nominations are also being accepted in a range of other categories, including two- and three-dimensional visual arts, digital arts, dance, music, theatre and literary arts. There are also awards for outstanding arts organization and outstanding artist in elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools.

A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented to an individual chosen by the Abbotsford Arts Council board of directors.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 2.

The Abbotsford Arts Council is also accepting proposals for original designs of handmade sculptures to become the trophies for the 2015 Arty Awards.

Nomination forms, and proposal application forms and guidelines, can be found at www.abbotsfordartscouncil.org, or at the Kariton Art Gallery, located at 2387 Ware St.

For more information, visit the website or contact the office at 604-852-9358 or artyawards@abbotsfordartscouncil.com.