Shatford Centre wins the Thompson Okanagan Commercial Building Awards honour for Commercial Renovation / Restoration in 2012. Architect: Chris Allen, AIBC, LEED, AP. General Contractor: Greyback Construction. Project Supervisor: Samarpan Faasse, Okanagan School of the Arts. he Shatford Centre receives award for the renovation of the building
In May Mother Earth was donated to the Shatford Centre by artist Petronella van den berg and her husband on their leaving Penticton for Eastern Canada.
Resurgence Exhibition, curated by Dr Michelle Jack and Ann Doyon Second opened June 21st ,the second annual joint Aboriginal Day celebration of the Okanagan School of the Arts and the En’owkin Centre. Also featured was an exhibition of photos of elders from the Okanagan Nation communities (Okanagan Indian Band, Upper Nicola Band, Westbank First Nation, Penticton Indian Band, Osoyoos Indian Band, Lower and Upper Similkameen Indian Bands) and historical photos of the past.
Crossing the River: Supporting Creative Reconciliations exhibit, curated by Robyn Kruger, Greg Younging and Kayleigh Hall, opened on Aboriginal Day, June 21st, 2016 at the Shatford Centre. The Shatford Centre and the En’owkin Centre, an Indigenous post-secondary arts and cultural center located on the Penticton Indian Reserve, endeavour to strengthen and connect Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Penticton using art and culture as a way to heal and repair historical divisions.
Construction of Rotary Community Learning Kitchen. In July, sculptures Mother Earth and Day Leaning Into Night by Petronella van den berg, an artist from the Netherlands who had made her home in Naramata, find a temporary home at the Shatford Centre.
Shatford Chronicles Summer Edition announces the publication of Penticton Inside-Out map, designed by Larry Hunter, as a fund raiser for the Okanagan School of the Arts, Shatford Centre. There is a colourful character map on one side and a Penticton street map on the other.
Pen High 100th Reunion, Shatford becomes headquarters. The celebration was held May 18 and 19, 2012
Shatford Centre opens at the Spirit Festival February 21-26th ,2011 giving the public a long-awaited preview of the Shatford Building in operation in it’s new role as an entrepreneurial arts centre.
The range of creative activities offered included drumming classes from Bobby Bovenzi, script and song writing, dance, culinary arts and painting. In June The Okanagan School of the Arts began its programming and administration of the building.
Phase I renovations allowed the Shatford Centre to be opened to the public. Renovations included an elevator, new front stairs and entrance, new washrooms, upgrade of the electrical system and repair of the auditorium. Publication of the first Shatford Chronicles – Winter 2010 edition.
Representatives from 16 local arts and cultural groups came together to develop a plan for the Shatford and voted to have the Okanagan School of the Arts take lead in acquiring the Senator Shatford building.
Listed on the Canadian Register of Historic July 23, 2007. A symbolic temple of learning, it represents the civic pride and optimism with which the City of Penticton has stimulated and encouraged generations of growth. Character -defining elements include historic maple trees and the unique stone perimeter wall which create a sense of place by enclosing the two schools and establishing their pre-eminence on Main Street
The Ellis and Shatford buildings of Pen High campus are formally recognized as historic sites May 1, 2006.
City of Penticton and School District 67 agree to save the Shatford and Ellis buildings; Shatford for community use and incorporating Ellis School building into new Pen High school.
Venture: The Story of The Okanagan Summer School of the Arts 1960-1981 by Jean Webber
(1981) details the diligence and dedication of the many people that took the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts from a once amateur effort to being recognized in Canada and the Pacific Northwest.
The name of the school was officially changed to “Okanagan Summer School of the Arts”, December 20, 1966. Some notable instructors for the 1966 session were Leonard Camplin- Band, Frances Hatfield- Pottery and Paul St. Pierre- Writing.
June 1961, the “Okanagan Summer School of Fine Arts” became a Society, a decision that was seen as an act of faith in the future of the school. The 1961 Summer School brochure stated:
Born of a dream, nurtured by enthusiasm, developed by dedication- this is the story of the “Okanagan Summer School of the Arts”.
W.O. Mitchell was the main attraction of the faculty teaching the Creative Writing class and attracting professional writers.
The “Okanagan Summer School of Fine Arts” established for students of all ages and levels of proficiency officially opened July 8, 1960 on the Pen High campus with George Gay appointed Art School Director. The school offered a variety of courses in music, creative writing, dance, drama and visual arts.
The main speaker for the opening was Lister Sinclair who also taught the Creative Writing course.
Following a visit to Banff Frank Laird, Mayor of Penticton, very impressed with the Banff School of Fine Arts, purposed the idea of a similar school for Penticton to the members of the Board of Trade. They were very responsive and a special committee was set up to explore the idea with the UBC Department of Extension with Penticton as a regional base for the school. At this time the Penticton Community Arts Council and an organization which was to become the Okanagan-Mainline Regional Arts Council were formed to establish a coordinating support for the Arts with Eva Cleland leading both
Senator Shatford School was built to accommodate Jr. High classes, one of only five schools in the province at the time to offer grades 7-8- & 9. The building, named after the recently deceased former Member of the Legislative Assembly in British Columbia and later Senator Lytton Shatford was judged to be one of the finest and most up-to-date school buildings in the province.
Penticton’s Shatford Centre is named after Lytton W. Shatford, the only senator appointed from the South Okanagan and Similkameen area and one of the founders of the Southern Okanagan Land Company, which bought the Ellis estate.
Born in Nova Scotia, Senator Shatford was employed with a wholesale firm in Halifax before coming to BC in 1893, during one of British Columbia’s gold rushes. With his brother, W T Shatford, he established the W T Shatford General Store in Fairview. Branches were also set up in Camp McKinney and Hedley.
After moving to the coast, Mr Shatford was identified with many business enterprises both here and at the coast. He was very well known throughout the province but particularly in the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys.
A chairman of the Fairview School Board for several years, he was elected in 1903, re-elected in 1907, 1909 and in 1912 by acclamation. Mr Shatford served as President of the B C Life Assurance Company, President and Managing Director of the B C Financial and Investment Company and Director of the Bank of Vancouver until 1912, when he became its Vice-President and General Manager.
Shatford was elected to the British Columbia Legislative Assembly in the 1903 provincial election as a Conservative representing the riding of Similkameen. He remained in the legislature until 1917 when he was appointed to the Canadian Senate by Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden.The July 5th issue of the Penticton Herald describing a visit by the new Senator prior to his leaving for Ottawa said:
“The Similkameen is fortunate in having its representative selected for a Senatorial position, for although Senator Shatford’s residence in the official order-in-council is given as Vancouver, where he has lived for the seven years, it can be taken for granted that he will always keep in mind the needs of this section of the province and the Similkameen will not lose by his translation to the more important position.”
Lytton Shatford died in office in 1920. In 1921, the City of Penticton opened the Senator Shatford school in his honour. Initially there were 250 names put forth for the school. It was decided the new school would be the Senator Shatford School, because he had virtually been a resident of Penticton during the time that he and his brother W. T. Shatford formed the Southern Okanagan Land Co. and put Penticton on the map.
Mr. Shatford was the principal driving force in obtaining government funding towards construction of the new school building, which had a final cost of $140,000.
Information in this article was taken from the July 17, 1917, Penticton Herald newspaper
On the occasion of the presentation of the Diplome d’honneur 1988 By Dr. Shirley Thomson, National Gallery of Canada In the Auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Saturday, June 4, 1988
“Eva Cleland is a pioneer in the development of the arts in Canada. Her vision, leadership and determination have been a major force in the flowering of the arts throughout the province of British Columbia.
Eva arrived in the Okanagan as a “Chatagua Girl” in 1928, as the first professional arts administrator to stay and work in the Okanagan. She did so in the firm belief that the residents of the interior of the province should have access to the whole range arts activities. After work and study in New York with the National Music League. Eva settled in Penticton as Mrs. Hugh Cleland. Over the past 60 years she has been instrumental in the information and continued success of a wide range of events and organizations such as the Okanagan Valley Music Festival, Penticton Branch; the Penticton and District Community Arts Council:the Okanagan Mainline Regional Arts Council, a model for B.C.; the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra: the Okanagan arm of the Community Concert Society and a unique project, “Okanagan Image”, a travelling visual and performing arts event which commissioned works and visited parts of the province, setting an example for regional project work. Following publication of the Massey Report in 1951.Eva participated in the B.C. Arts Resource Conferences at U.B.C. Thereafter she pursued an arts policy for B.C. and in 1973 was a vocal member of arts access at Simon Fraser University, which brought about radical changes in the cultural scene in the province. In the last five years with undiminished energy. She has formed the Penticton Arts Development Fund Society, the Penticton Junior Strings and Adult Strings and in 1987, a music school in conjunction with Okanagan Symphony musicians and the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts.
Eva’s refusal to allow anything to defeat her vision is legendary and as a store of archival material, her own memories are priceless. She is a catalyst, always searching for avenues of support, encouraging people to become participants and promoting opportunities for artists to develop and find their audiences. ”Educate” is probably one of her most often used words. Eva Cleland exemplifies what can be done by a volunteer in furthering the cultural life and opportunities in a community. Her husband, Hugh is proud of her, her family is proud of her, her community’s proud of her and her Arts Council is proud to have their nominee receive the Diplôme d’ honneur. Canada’s most prestigious arts award, an expression of honour from artists to those who have made an exceptional contribution to the encouragement of the arts in Canada over a prolonged period of time.”Written by Bonnie Ross