Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen presents the inaugural Acorn Arts Award to prominent Oak Bay artist Pat Martin Bates during a ceremony March 9.

Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen presents the inaugural Acorn Arts Award to prominent Oak Bay artist Pat Martin Bates during a ceremony March 9.

WATCH: Inaugural Acorn Arts Award honours longtime Oak Bay artist Pat Martin Bates

Ceremony filled with song and laughter highlights arts contribution to Oak Bay



An audience serenade was among the highlights as longtime Oak Bay resident and famed artist Patricia Martin Bates was awarded the inaugural Acorn Arts Award in a ceremony last night.

The Acorn Arts Award recognizes a living artist, group or institution which has made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Oak Bay. The award is administered by Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture, as adjudicated by the Oak Bay Arts Laureate and the Public Art Committee.

Bates’ active community service is also wide, including the Zonta group which promotes the advancement of young women, and the University Women’s Club. She is the founder of Victoria Visual Arts Legacy Society.

Look for more to come in our Wednesday print edition.