Arty Award

And the 2022 Arty Award goes to…

Frank Shoemaker!

Frank is a champion of the arts on Gabriola. He has served on the Gabriola Arts Council Board, volunteered at Cultivate, for the Studio Tour, the Isle of the Arts Festival, Gabriola Reads, and more. The number of hours he has contributed to the community from the goodness of his heart is astounding.

He supports the arts by purchasing locally made crafts and artwork not only for his home, but quite frequently as gifts. His support continues in his dedication to visiting most if not all studios on the Studio Tour, every single year.

Frank’s art for is basket weaving and woodworking, and he has worked long hours maintaining and improving the Gabriola Arts Council property, including designing and building the sound clouds which have improved the acoustics in the Gabriola Arts and Heritage Centre.

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

Previous winners include artists, performers, administrators, and volunteers. All have done their part to build or support the creative vibe on Gabriola Island.

Previous Arty Award recipients

2021 – Gwen Spinks
2020 – Paul Gellman, 2019 – Gabriola Players, 2018 – Gary Holmes
2017 – Graham Sheehan, 2016 – Gail Lund, 2015 – Leah Hokanson
2014 – Tammy Hudgeon, 2013 – Sheila Norgate
2012 – Jim Wilson-Storey, 2011 – Kathy McIntyre