The Sheep River Artist-in-Residence program is delighted to unveil the three community members who Tanya Zakarow, the first-ever Sheep River Artist-in-Residence, will be painting their portraits in her unique artistic style.
Thirteen individuals were nominated and over 1,500 votes narrowed the selection down. The finalists were selected by a committee after a review that weighed the voting numbers, with other factors, such as volunteer work, community impact and service to the Town.
Those individuals are:
Ron Schreiber - Ron Schreiber was the Chairman of the board of Trustees for Christ the Redeemer Catholic Schools and a longtime resident of Okotoks before passing away in the fall of 2021. He was a dedicated musician who was part of the St. James Catholic Church choir and gave his time to help elevate the music at the church through his skilled singing and guitar playing.
Lori Chibry - Lori Chibry stands as another remarkable nominee. Through her many years working as a Kindergarten teacher at Big Rock School, she’s had a lasting impact on the Okotoks community. After a fight with cancer, Lori passed away unexpectedly in November 2022. She will always be remembered for loving all children equally and with all her heart.
Marg Cox – Marg Cox is well known in Okotoks and has been playing major roles in the community for over three decades. She was recognized for of her years of dedication to almost every aspect of Okotoks life. From fostering community pride by volunteering at sporting events to going above and beyond as a Town of Okotoks Events Specialist. She was inducted into the Okotoks Hall of Fame in 2017 as a Community Builder in the Community Service area.
In addition, Mayor Tanya Thorn was painted.
The artist-in-residence initiative is a collaboration between the Town of Okotoks, the Okotoks Public Library, and the Okotoks Arts Council. This partnership celebrates the town's vibrant spirit and honours its remarkable individuals through the power of art.
The Sheep River Artist in Residence program ran the entire month of September in conjunction with the Month of the Artist.