Meet the recipients of the 2016 Arts Recognition Awards

The Arts Recognition Awards presentation at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts on June 9 will honour those who have made a significant contribution in support of the arts in the Quinte region. This year’s award winners are Krista Dalby, Thérèse Cilia, Claudette Boulanger, Belleville Downtown DocFest and Linda and Roli Tipper.

Krista Dalby

Rick Zimmerman nominated Krista Dalby for her work as a playwright, puppeteer, and producer of theatre and community festivals. She has been a core member of Shadow of a Doubt Collective since 2008, creating original shadow puppetry plays in Prince Edward County.

Krista is co-founder of the Firelight Lantern Festival held each fall since 2014. Last year’s festival included 12 lantern making workshops (that over 150 people attended) and an evening parade down Main Street Picton to a party at the Crystal Palace, where participants enjoyed live music by The Shuffle Demons, a shadow puppet play and a number of events for kids.

She is also Project Director for Puppets Without Borders, bringing puppetry and art supplies to kids around the world, including two trips to remote villages in Ghana, where Krista taught puppet making and shadow puppetry. As one of the ‘Cambodia Creative Four’, she spent a month volunteering including a trip to Cambodia, with Let Us Create, an NGO that serves more than 100 children, providing education, nutrition, and artistic experiences.

Krista’s additional events and projects include: the writing of Unjustly, an original play produced by Festival Players of Prince Edward County; Re: Collections, a collection of library stories that reminiscence about local folk; annual fun events with names like StickFest, Scarecrow Festival and Boxtopia. She is also one of the artistic drivers behind Creative Rural Minds and The PEC Awesome Foundation.

Thérèse Cilia

Ryan Rutter told us that Thérese Cilia has been an artist since she was a child and began apprenticing under an art teacher when she was in elementary school and went on to OCAD to paint and draw. She has now found her niche as an illustrator and was commissioned a few years ago by Newfoundland publisher, Flanker Press, to do her first illustrated children’s book, Over the Harbour. From craft shows in PE County, Toronto, Barrie and Alliston to readings and presentations at the Belleville Public Library and Maranatha Church, she has delighted young and old and her dedication to her art is inspiring. Thérese is currently working on her third book called Keeper of the Light, due out this fall.

Claudette Boulanger

Of Claudette Boulanger, Dona Knudsen writes, “Claudette is a well-respected member of the Quinte arts community both as an artist and as a supporter of the arts. She was one of the founding members of Gallery One-Twenty-One and continues to show there on a regular basis. She is currently an active member of the Belleville Art Association, working on various committees and always willing to donate her time and expertise to help out the Association and individual members with their artistic endeavours. She has introduced many students to the joys of working en plein air both locally and through trips into northern Ontario and Algonquin Park.

Claudette has made a significant contribution to the arts community through her teachings, work with the various arts organizations and her donations to charity. She has done this with a generous spirit, warm infectious sense of humour and a sincere belief in the importance of a vibrant arts community to the cultural life of the city and the well-being of its members”. Nominator, Priscilla Wagner, outlined Claudette’s experience and impact as a teacher who has encouraged and supported hundreds of beginning artists to pick up a brush and paint. “She is so encouraging that everyone who interacts with her feels empowered and appreciated, something all artists need to thrive.” Priscilla also commented on Claudette’s generosity donating work in support of Amnesty International, St. Michael’s Parish, and the Ontario Schizophrenia Society.


Jane Simpson nominated Belleville Downtown DocFest. She explains that “for the last four years, the volunteers of the Belleville Downtown DocFest have done an outstanding job of organizing a world-class documentary film festival that showcases the work of both international and local filmmakers. Having experienced the festival each year, I am extremely impressed with the films that they select to be in the festival and the thought-provoking content of the films screened. The event now sells out each year bringing hundreds of people to the downtown core resulting in a positive economic impact to our City.

Beyond that, the opening galas held at the Empire Theatre are outstanding. Having a live performance after the film that reinforces the story, emotion and theme of the movie is a stroke of brilliance and takes a lot of dedicated effort.

The Belleville Downtown DocFest touches many sectors of our community including the workshops that they undertake with local students. The festival informs, educates, provokes, engages and stimulates everyone who experiences it. It takes significant time, dedication and commitment to organize. Docfest provides an opportunity for local filmmakers to show their work as well as communicate directly with the audience afterwards in the Q&A period conducted after the screening. This award will recognize those who work countless hours behind the scenes to make the festival happen.”

Linda and Roli Tipper
Linda and Roli Tipper

Marsha Roadhouse stated “I can’t think of two people who deserve it more! Roli and Linda Tipper of Tipper Financial Inc. have been incredible supporters of the arts for many years in the Quinte region. Whether it is theatre, music or a visual arts event, you can count on seeing Linda and Roli there enjoying the talents of our many local artists. Their appreciation and support of the arts, and more importantly the artists themselves, extends far beyond their attendance at events. Chances are good, if you look at who has sponsored the event, you will see the Tipper Financial logo.

The arts are far more than a spectator sport for Linda and Roli. They are both known to dabble a bit in the “play” as well, both on stage and off. Linda has graced the stage at the Pinnacle Playhouse, in several productions, including Bedtimes Stories and Staff Members. Roli sings and plays a mean sax. He can melt your heart or inspire your spirit with his flute!

Roli and Linda’s love for the arts is only outdone by their love for their family and commitment to their faith. Their two boys, Adam and Eric were introduced to music and theatre at a young age, and I suspect that it is only a matter of time until those beautiful grandchildren of theirs are dancing on stage. Members of Eastminister United Church and the surrounding area have long had the benefit of having the Tippers, and their passion for the arts, as part of their church family. They are truly an inspiring couple; willingly sharing their love of the arts, their own talents, and their fabulous organizing skills with their community!”

Each of the nominees will receive a hand-crafted award by glass artist, Kirei Samuel of Lalaland and a certificate from the city of Belleville that will be presented at the Mayor’s Luncheon for the Arts on June 9 at Dinkel’s Restaurant from 11:30 am to 2 pm. There will be a delicious three-course lunch created by Paul Dinkel, with entertainment by harpist Tabi Savic, and a cash bar. Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased by June 6 by calling 613-962-1232 or at the QAC box office at 36 Bridge Street East in Belleville or buy online, When ordering, please indicate your meal preference. To view menu options, see below.


June 9 at noon at Dinkel’s Restaurant, 44 Bridge Street East in Belleville
Tickets: $35 (includes 3-course meal, tax and gratuity)


Tabi Savic
Tabi Savic

Harpist Tabi Savik is 17 years old and attends Centennial Secondary School in Belleville. At last spring’s Quinte Rotary Music Festival she competed in piano, harp and voice to earn the festival’s top awards, Rose Bowl for voice, Silver Strings for harp, Silver Tray for piano, and Joe Demeza Prize for best overall performance of the competition for the first time in the festival’s history. She performed as a soloist, singing and playing harp as part of the Belleville Choral Society’s annual Christmas concert in St. Michael’s Church and she made her symphony debut as a soloist singing and playing harp as part of the Quinte Symphony’s A Quinte Christmas in December of 2015. Currently, she is harpist for the Quinte Symphony, preparing for the upcoming concert on May 8 at 2:30 pm at Bridge Street United Church in Belleville.


Mixed baby greens and Raw Kale, Julienn Beets, Tomatoes and Carrots with a Raspberry Vinaigrette


Fresh Herbed Salmon with a Lemon Butter Sauce

Served with Rice and Fresh Vegetables


Chicken Scaloppini with a Mushroom Sauce

Served with Rice and Fresh Vegetables


A Variety of Fruits and Cookies

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