In 2019, the PRCAC embarked on an Award program. The inaugural Awards Gala was held on February 22, 2020. The event was held at Javadotcup where guests were treated to presentations of the arts of many genres throughout the evening, wonderful food and drink, and culminating in the presentation of three awards.
Outstanding Artist - Robin Knox Robin spent countless hours promoting the arts in Prince Rupert for many years and has been instrumental in providing over 40 artist workshops since 1999. She was an active member at the Ice House Gallery, recruited artists willing to teach workshops and then assisted with organizing and hosting the workshops within our community. Robin is a skilled painter who continues to learn new skills either by working with others or by taking workshops. She is encouraging and willing to offer help to other artists and is always seeking opportunities to join other artists in a day of painting. Robin continues to be a wonderful resource and great supporter for the art community in Prince Rupert. Robin has relocated to Ontario to be nearer to family, but we know her heart is still in Prince Rupert!
Emerging Artist - Judith Grover Judith was born in Vancouver, BC and spent her childhood in Surrey, BC, where she has many fond memories of playing in the forest, picking wild flowers, fishing the creek and biking for hours. Her love of nature and beauty of all God’s creations has a big influence on her art. She moved to Prince Rupert 55 years ago where she married, raised her two children and was always actively employed. She started painting just over five years ago by taking a weekend watercolour workshop through the Easel Weasel Art Group. She has continued to enjoy workshops in different mediums with encouragement and mentoring particularly from artist, Robin Knox.
Peter Witherly Memorial Arts Booster Award - Douglas Moore Doug Moore is the exemplary model of an arts booster. Not an artist himself, in any genre, he is always there to support any local production, and professional performances presented at the Lester Centre. He makes numerous trips to Vancouver and other locations to attend concerts, even maintaining a VSO subscription membership, (Pre-COVID-19 of course). Doug, for many years, headed up the Prince Rupert Concert Society, which brought in exceptional performers for the dedicated music aficionados. He spent time on the Board of the Lester Centre and has an enormous personal collection of CDs and original art. Always humble, he was totally surprised to receive this award at the inaugural PRCAC Awards Gala. Knowing how much he like to be where the arts are happening, it was easy to convince him to purchase the first ticket to the first gala, which insured he would be present to receive his award.