The Shatford Centre Board
2018 Okanagan School of the Arts Board of Directors
Front row from left to right – Pat Field, President; Georgia Krebs, Vice President; Judy Sentes, City of Penticton Liaison
Back row from left to right – Bill Everden, Louise Punnett, Karen Collins, Treasurer; Sharon Snow, Paul Crawford
Pat Field – President
Pat is a professional sculptor and runs a sculpture rental business in Penticton, British Columbia. He has a diploma from BCIT in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation and a Diploma from Boston College in Commercial Design.
Pat is the founder of the Castlegar Sculpturewalk Program and has assisted many other communities to invest in purchasing and displaying public sculptures. Pat has had the opportunity to work in many mediums including snow and ice sculptures as well as sand, work, foam, bronze, stone and ceramics.
Pat has taught stone sculpting in Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Belize and the last 10 years in Vietnam. In the last few years since retirement Pat is focusing on stone sculptures using digital software, 3D printers, CNC and 7 axis robot machines.
Georgia Krebs – Vice President
Georgia’s earned a Bachelor of Interior Design with the University of Manitoba. Georgia’s professional career, focused on commercial interiors, including hotels, restaurants and office space planning.
Around 2001, Georgia’s boys were in university so she moved around the west coast, from Washington, Nevada, and Oregon with her husband as he managed residential high-rise projects. “This became my time to focus on art, something that was always part of my life but didn’t have enough time to immerse myself. I focused on water colours, a challenge from my design years.”
Georgia was in Portland Oregon from 2004 through 2007, at the Portland Art Museum. She had the opportunity to fulfill a dream and entered their docent training program, touring children from kindergarten to high school and adults with specific gallery requests. “It was the highlight of my time in Portland.”
Since moving to Penticton, she has taken classes and workshops with many professional artists. “For me, art is a never ending challenge with lots of rewards.” Georgia is a professional artist and Past President of the Federation of Canadian Artists, South Okanagan Similkameen Chapter.
Georgia has been part of the Shatford Centre Design Team, which selected colours, materials, stains and other finishes for the building. She has been an invaluable Shatford community builder offering her assistance when needed. Since 2013, Georgia has served as Vice-President, President, Chair of the Shatford Learning Kitchen Committee, Exhibition Committee and Shatford Commons Committee.
Bill Everden – Director
Bill was born in rural Eastern Ontario and moved to Penticton in 1987. He is semi-retired from his own business, which he operated for 25 years. Bill is a family man, having been married to his wife June for 47 years, having 3 sons and 4 grandchildren.
Bill is an avid artist who currently has a studio at the Martin Street Gallery. Bill presently chairs a fundraiser for the Penticton Rotary Club called the Rotary Palette of Penticton, which will include a live auction, silent auction, wine, ale, spirit and food tasting that will happen in January 2018. Previously Bill organized and developed an art show for the Rotary Club of Westbank which was called the ‘Okanagan Art Fair’ and it became a major fundraiser for that club.
Bill’s considerable community involvement includes: Local Coordinator for the BC Special Olympics for 3 years; Past President of the Penticton Kiwanis Club & Skaha Rotary Club; Past Chair of the Penticton United Church Board; Past director of the Pathways Addiction Resource Society & Penticton Community Resources Society; serving on the Penticton & District Hospice Society and presently chairs this organization; active with the Penticton Rotary Club and is a member of the 100 Men Who Care.
Louise Punnett – Secretary, Volunteer Chair
Louise Punnett is a graduate of Penticton Secondary (1969) and studied Theatre and English at UBC where she earned a Bachelor of Secondary Education (1974). Her career as a teacher spans thirty years and several locales including Toronto, Kelowna, Victoria and Burnaby. Returning to live and work in Penticton in 1987, she taught English and Drama at McNicoll Park, Princess Margaret and Penticton Secondary, retiring in 2007.
Life long interests include creative movement and voice expression, yoga, sustainable gardening, and hiking, biking and skiing in our wonderful Okanagan Valley. An active supporter of the Arts in schools and the community, she has worked with such groups as Singers and Players, Naramata Choir, and B.C. Festival of the Arts.
Her connections to OSA began as a student in the 1960’s and continued over the years as she returned to teach Creative Expression for Children in 1975 and Creative Drama for three years from 1992-1994.
She is looking forward to working with the Shatford Center and OSA as they move forward into the next chapter, building on the tremendous legacy of the past.
Karen Collins – Treasurer, Governance Chair, Development Chair
A descendant of pioneering families of both the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys Karen developed a love and appreciation of history from a young age. She is a member of the Okanagan Historical Society and for the past several years has been President of the Penticton Branch.
With strong marketing and sales development skills and having achieved a Certificate in Human Resource Management Karen has led innovative initiatives to build top-performing sales teams. Retired from sales management with the Hudson’s Bay Company, Karen wants to do more to benefit the community.
She has a contagious enthusiasm and passionate belief in people that inspires them to become stronger, and more valuable contributors to their organizations. Inspired by organizations doing great things and with a deep appreciation for what the Shatford Centre has already accomplished Karen looks forward to being a part of the growth of an amazing part of the history of our city.
Paul Crawford – Director
Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Paul Crawford has been active British Columbia’s visual arts community for the past twenty years having earned a degree in art history from the University of Victoria. His curatorial experience and interests are diverse and range from public museums to commercial galleries, encompassing both historic and contemporary art practices.
In 2006 Paul Crawford was appointed the Director/Curator of the Penticton Art Gallery. As the Director/Curator of the Grand Forks Art Gallery from 2002 – 2006, Paul spearheaded the process of relocating the gallery to its current location in the renovated former court house. Paul is frequently invited to be speaker by various organizations and institutions across the province and has written numerous articles exploring the rich art history of British Columbia.
Since 2006 he has served on the board of directors of Island Mountain Arts, in Wells, BC and is a co-producer of the award winning Artswells Festival and the International One Minute Play Festival. Paul continues to be active with a number of regional and local arts organizations and worked with the Joe Plaskett Foundation to help establish a partnership with the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts to administer the annual Joseph Plaskett Award.
Sharon Snow – Membership Chair
Sharon is a visual artist who has lived in Penticton since 1970. Sharon is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and has been part of their exhibitions at the Shatford Centre since the first exhibit ‘Triptych’ was installed in 2011. Sharon was also a partner in the Front Street Gallery for 8 years. Recently, Sharon was on the committee for the Federation of Canadian Artists’ Connections Conference, which included a national juried exhibition, a day of demonstrations and two days of workshops.
Sharon is a member of the Okanagan School of the Arts and an example of life-long learning. She enthusiastically helps out wherever she is able to. “I was very impressed with the entire organization, facilities and resources when I worked on the Connections Conference and decided I would like to be part of it,” said Sharon.
Before actively pursuing her artistic interests, Sharon was employed for 27 years in the health care field, working the last 10 years before retirement as the Manager of the Sterile Processing Department at the Penticton Regional Hospital.