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Okanagan Refractured

The 6th annual Okanagan Arts Awards event, A Night to Remember, showcasing artists, theatre, music and dance, poetry and the announcement of the awards winners, will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 at the Kelowna Community Theatre. 

Taiji Okanagan Arts Awards
Bruce Taiji, Lake Country artist, with his sculpture Okanagan Refractured

For this event Lake Country glass artist Bruce Taiji created Okanagan Refractured, a design that will be awarded to each of the 2013 recipients of the Arts Awards.  Seven artists submitted designs and Taiji’s winning sculpture  earned him one of the country’s largest commissions featuring art glass.

“The sculpture is … a solid column of laminated glasses kiln-cast for exterior texture, with copper mirror and silver mirror finishes and acrylic painted multi surfaces. The glass column wraps around the stone base, leaving a front and/or top surface of the base available for an engraving plate.

Each sculpture is individually hand painted and built by the artist. As such, while similar in structure and motif, each will be unique.

The Arts Council of the Central Okanagan created the Okanagan Arts Awards to celebrate excellence in the arts in the Thompson-Okanagan” and Taiji’s creative sculpture design is certainly a celebration of excellence in itself.

  • What: Okanagan Arts Awards
  • Where: Kelowna Community Theatre
  • When: Saturday, March 2, 2013
  • Tickets: $40 admission, $20 students. Available at Lake Country Art Gallery or online at

Source: The Kelowna Daily Courier

Photograph contributed by the artist.


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