Saturday’s Mayor’s Gala for the Arts saw three awards presented to artists and organizations in the community.
Awards were handed out at the '50s-themed gala, which was host to the city's top emerging artists, community influencers and corporate champions.
The emerging artist award was split this year, with both Robin Hodgson and JP Lancaster being named as winners.
Robin Hodgson is a visual artist and C5-C6 quadriplegic who graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from Thompson Rivers University in 2013.
Hodgson is behind some of the city’s murals, including one completed in August along the west wall of the Kamloops Art Gallery. He is also a co-creator of the former Padlock Studios, which closed in 2017, and a current owner of REpublic Gallery at 275 Lansdowne St.
JP Lancaster is a Kamloops born-and-raised musician who has worked with a number of bands in town. He also founded Factotum Cassettes and Oddities, a record label representing 10 local bands and artists.
Lancaster also helps with music for popular events in the city, including the Back Alley Block Party, Brewloops and Luminocity.
His current band, At Mission Dolores, was recently featured in a story by KTW ahead of the band’s latest release and show at The Blue Grotto.
Niki Remesz claimed the Mayor’s Awards for the Arts committee’s award for community impact.
Remesz is the founder and owner of Uniquely Inspired Marketing and has served as vice chair of the Kamloops Arts Commission since 2015.
Remesz also won the city’s 2013 Distinguished Service award.
Kamloops This Week was chosen as the recipient for this year’s corporate champion award.
KTW delivers to more than 30,000 homes and businesses in the city and has won numerous awards for its coverage.
The newspaper has also championed arts-related initiatives like KTW Timeraiser, an event where volunteers bid with their time for locally produced works of art, and Think Outside the Box, which saw local artists use their talents on newspaper boxes throughout the city.