In the spring, the arts council Board voted to install a commemorative bench in memory of Jennifer Mapplebeck at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. A bench had long been proposed for a shaded outside area by the Studio bay doors. It seemed fitting to remember Jennifer with a bench to rest upon after so many years of activity and service to the arts council. Jennifer served on the Board of Directors, acted as rental agent, and often cleaned the centre when it was in need of tidying.
The bench chosen is in an attractive grey concrete with pebbled aggregate surface and a smooth high-gloss finish. The design, called “Gull Wing” has an appealingly curved back and seat. A laser-etched black granite plaque was also selected, and is recessed in the seat back. The quail logo was added as a “watermark”. The plaque appears as follows:
The memorial bench has arrived at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. A concrete base is being constructed by Trevor Leigh, Osoyoos Handyman Services. Installation will occur later in the fall, when the concrete has set.
Donations are welcome. Please make your cheque payable to the “Oliver Community Arts Council” and put “Memorial Bench Donation” in the memo line. Charitable receipts are available for donations of $50 and up. If you wish to have your donation publicly recognized please include a note. Mail cheques to the Oliver Community Arts Council, P.O. Box 1711, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0. Donations for the commemorative bench will be received until December 31. You can still make a donation at any time