WHITE ROCK - White Rock council took a break from presiding over bylaw amendments and public hearings Monday night to hold a special council meeting honouring the city's artists.
Indeed, rather than rows of people queued up to weigh the pros and cons of tree cutting or rezoning lots, members of the public instead gathered to view some performances by local artists and show their appreciation.
Held in conjunction with the city's Fall Festival of Arts and International Artists Day Week, the evening's events were a way to celebrate an important contingent of the city's population, said Mayor Wayne Baldwin.
"They're community inspirations, and help make our lives better," said Baldwin.
The celebration is the second this year, the first of which was held in February. Baldwin noted that the recognitions would be held periodically each year and not necessarily on any sort of schedule.
"We have so many artists in the community and we did recognize a number of them back in February," he said. "At that time it was the first rush at it, and we said we'll come back with more names later. So this is the later."
Those officially recognized during the meeting were founding members of the White Rock Player's Club Phyllis Clifford and Guy Weston, Co-founder of Peninsula Productions Wendy Bollard, sculptor John Butt, 3D visual artist Roxanne Charles, author Leona Gom, visual artist Judy Jordison and Nela Hallwas of the Xba Dance Studio.
Artists who were unable to attend but were also honoured were musician Oliver Gannon and visual artist Richard Tetrault.
Kicking off the evening's events were the White Rock Children's Choir, who performed a medley of songs that the group is practicing for upcoming shows, including a performance at Carnegie Hall in spring of 2014.
Semiahmoo Secondary jazz band students Andrew Skepasts and Brandon Lin were also on hand playing the guitar and standup bass, respectively, setting the casual atmosphere for the evening's proceedings.
Each of the artists honoured were honoured with a gift from the city and a small reception was then held for attendees to mingle with council and the artists present
"This time we asked Semiahmoo Arts to come up with a list of nominees for us and they did, they came up with some great people, so it's been really, really good," said Baldwin.
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