The Contractors perform at the inaugural Copper Valley Music Festival in 2022, presented by the Princeton Community Arts Council. (Andrea DeMeer/Contributed to Black Press Media)

Diversity of art to be painted as Princeton hosts contest for Pride

Princeton’s art council will be hosting a contest for the community this June

The Princeton Community Arts Council (PCAP) is kicking off this year’s Pride Month by hosting a contest for all creatively-minded individuals.

The Pride Project is open to artists of all mediums from Princeton and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (Area H) and aims to showcase the diversity and acceptance of the community. The entry deadline is June 17.

“Princeton, being as small as it is, still has a vibrant LGBTQIA2+ representation,” said Arone Sheriland, newly-elected president of the PCAP. “Being a member of the community myself, I was surprised at the inclusiveness and diversity of the area and its people, and we are excited to be part of an organization that further seeks to add to this diversity and acceptance.”

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In addition to holding contests and events, the Princeton Community Arts Council also sponsors workshops. (PCAC/Contributed to Black Press Media)

All kinds of mediums will be accepted, from drawing, photography, and painting, to even music, digital art, and pottery.

“I am especially looking forward to seeing what Princeton and area residents are going to create upholding the message of Pride,” Sheriland said.

Three cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, with first place taking home $500, and $250 and $100 going to second and third place respectively.

The PCAC was formed in the 1970s, and since then it has been dedicated to providing the community with arts education and cultural experiences. It supports and promotes opportunities for all ages through art classes, workshops, theatrical productions, and music concerts. The Sunflower Gallery & Gift Shop is also operated by the council, allowing local artists to showcase and monetize their work.

The board came together last October at the Annual General Meeting, and Sheriland feels lucky to have many existing members join the council.

“We are a diverse group that has the same vision to increase and broaden the opportunities to enjoy and participate in cultural activities and the arts,” he said. “We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion with a board that includes members of multiple communities.”

Upcoming June events include the Potters Guild Meeting for all potters and ceramic artists, scheduled for June 7, and the monthly Coffee and Chat on June 22. The council also presents the second annual Copper Valley Music Festival, featuring local and regional bands, from Aug. 18-20 at Veterans Square.

“It will be the biggest event the Arts Council has yet to organize,” Sheriland said. “It should be the event of the summer for local residents and music lovers.”

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