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2013 Honour in the Arts Award Recipient


Glenna Turnbull

Many might recognize her from the weekly ‘Art Seen’ column she wrote for the local paper but Glenna Turnbull should be known as the “face behind Ballet Kelown.”, for capturing the unique essence of dance in motion.

Over the years, she’s donated nearly $20,000 in photography to the local dance company, and last year, upon hearing Ballet Kelowna was going to fold, approached the artistic director to spearhead the “Dancing with Friends” benefit, contributing countless hours promoting and organizing, then donating her prized art collection for their auction. The result was a groundswell of support for Ballet Kelowna with membership nearly tripling, allowing Ballet Kelowna to survive and prosper.

Beyond ballet, in 2013 she donated several hours each to Opera Kelowna, Kelowna Women’s Shelter, Canadian School of Ballet, the SPCA, served on Project Literacy’s board and has canvassed for the Kidney Foundation for the past 24 years.

She provides family and pet portrait packages for various silent auctions, is called upon regularly by local musicians, actors and artists for photos which she trades for donations to either the women’s shelter or SPCA.

Glenna Turnbull has championed for artists and arts organizations for over 20 years in Kelowna, and recently created a website called ‘Art Seen Okanagan’, so people can find arts information and reviews  helping keep our art scene, Seen!

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