A commercial printing company, an artist who calls himself as a "culture vulture" and an entrepreneur behind a successful video production studio are among the nominees for the 2014 Mayor's Gala for the Arts.
Thirteen nominees in three categories were announced at a reception Monday night at the Old Courthouse Cultural Centre.
Mastermind Studios, Noran Printing Ltd. and Watson Engineering Ltd. were named as finalists for the Business in the Arts award, which recognizes outstanding business leaders and businesses that have made a significant contribution to arts and culture in Kamloops.
Six nominees were also named for the Emerging Artist award, which aims to honour an artist, musician or performer between the ages 18 and 35.
* Sheanna James — a multidimensional artist who also acts, directs, sings and composes;
* Igor Kostin — a filmmaker and co-owner of True Image Studios;
* Alicia McClain — an artist and participant in Interior Community Services' day program, Options and Opportunities;
* Byron Steele — a contemporary Metis artist, who produces modern Aboriginal and Metis artwork.
* Melissa Thomas — a theatre artist who is also teaches sessions for Thompson Rivers University's theatre department;
* Vincent Viezzer — a self-described "culture vulture, gallery monkey and recovering redneck," who practises visual arts and theatre arts.
The third award recognizes an outstanding Kamloops filmmaker or artist/creator in the field of new media.
The nominees include Chris Bose of Arbour Aboriginal Art Collective, Peter Cameron-Inglis of Mastermind Studios and Robert Goss and Adam MacKay-Smith of Sugar High Entertainment Inc.
Winners for all three awards will be announced at a gala in the new year, which is considered by some to be the event of the year for the Kamloops arts scene.
The gala and awards are a collaborative effort by Kamloops Arts Gallery, Western Canada Theatre and the Kamloops Symphony.