On September 29th the arts community of Prince Albert gathered to honour this year's inductions into the Prince Albert Arts Hall of Fame. The stage of the EA Rawlinson Centre for the Arts was set to delight, and all attendees enjoyed the atmosphere, a great meal, and arts and culture fellowship.
MC Mitch Holash, 2017 Arts Hall of Fame inductee, welcomed the guests and then it was all about the legacies gathered for the night. Mann Art Gallery curator Jesse Campbell introduced the award for Margreet van Walsem, a visual artist who used many mediums and contributed to the arts community of Prince Albert from 1973 to her death in 1979.
Daughter Carin Van Walsem accepted the award on behalf of the Van Walsem family.
Visual artist Father Herve Vallee contributed to the scenery of Prince Albert through many stained glass window projects, and he is also active in the Mid Pro Rock and Gem Society. Father Jim Kaptein introduced the audience to the legendary drive of Vallee, and then the crowd was treated to the artist himself, who expressed the opportunities the arts provided him with.
Under the Builder of the Arts category, Richard Ahenakew introduced the audience to Paul Lomheim, marketing director for the Northern Lights Casino and producer of many high profile music events, including the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards. Paul Lomheim's extensive experience and dedication to the music scene in Prince Albert is legendary; from the PA Winter Festival's Country North Show, to the opening ceremonies for the Western Canadian Summer Games. Along with all that, Paul himself is an accomplished musician, with an interest in developing new, local acts whenever he gets the chance. To show their appreciation, Heidi Munro and Dennis Adams performed two numbers in Paul's honour.
Odyssey Productions has been delighting audiences for 26 seasons. Adreanna Boucher introduced the award as an Odyssey alumni, and Kim Morrall, current Chair of their Board of Directors, expressed her thanks for the recognition and pointed out the many off shoot theatrical groups that came from Odyssey roots.