The Commemorative Wine series promotes awareness of the Alumni Association and raises funds which contribute to student scholarships, while showcasing the talents of UFV alumni artists.
As we enter the 10th year of the program we are delighted to be renewing our partnership with Chaberton Estate Winery of Langley, and also mark the occasion of UFV's 40th Anniversary with a special edition commemorative wine.

The Commemorative Wine is purchased as graduation gifts, memorabilia, prizes, and for the enjoyment by UFV faculty, staff, and at community gatherings.

More images from the series can be seen on Fiona's website 

The Alumni Commemorative Wine artist competition 2014

The Alumni Association is delighted to announce that Fiona Moes Pel (BFA '10) is the winner of the 2014 Commemorative Wine artists competition.

About the Artist
Fiona  was born and raised in greater Vancouver, British Columbia where she developed a deep love for trees, mountains, and people. Her multi-media approach to creating results in work with both physical and conceptual depth. She currently lives with her husband in East Vancouver, teaches art to high schoolers, and works on personal and commissioned art projects. Her work has been exhibited, collected, and published both locally and abroad.

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The Alumni Commemorative Wine artist 2013 - Anne Franklin BFA '11

The Alumni Association is delighted to announce that Anne Franklin is the winner of the 2013 Commemorative Wine artists competition.

Anne's vivid art work has been rendered onto the 2013 Commemorative Wine labels.

About the Artist: Anne Franklin
Anne has been drawing and painting since she was a child, and has always found herself drawn to the natural beauty of the west coast of British Columbia. Working mainly in acrylics, using jewel tones and flowing lines, she paints the beauty she sees in the forests, islands, seascapes and changing skies of the land she loves. She graduated from UFV with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2012, with a focus on painting.

About the Art
Vivid colours and flowing forms expressively illustrate the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and the artist's personal ties to the land and sea. These works are a powerful yet intimate expression of the peace found in the wilderness, the sense of belonging to a place, and the concept of home.


Tofino Sky - Anne Franklin 2013 
 A Calling - Anne Franklin 2013   Chesterman Storm - Anne Franklin 2013 

 To view more of Anne's work click here


The Alumni Commemorative Wine artist 2012 - Haley Smith BFA '10

The Alumni Association is delighted to announce that Haley Smith is the winner of the 2012 Commemorative Wine artists competition.

Haley's striking art work has been rendered onto the 2011 Commemorative Wine labels.

Haley Smith, winner of the 2012 Alumni Commemorative Wine Label Artists competitionAbout the Artist: Haley Smith
Haley Smith is an illustrator and designer from Chilliwack and holds both a Diploma and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Fraser Valley. Haley has won numerous awards for her work in graphic design, most recently with Coup d'État Theatre at the 2011 Fraser Valley Zone Festival.  Her work exhibits a variety of stories and experiences, enticing the viewer into bright colours and the movement of action. In creating her art, Haley enjoys focusing on painting as one of her greatest relaxation methods.  Click here to view more of Haley's work

About the Art
Iridescence (Series of two paintings)

With an emphasis on design and aesthetics, Iridescence explores abstract expression in its most simplest of forms ‐ the change of colour as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes. The viewer is drawn into a chaotic, but crisp and clean composition; a feel for each stroke of the brush is accented with plays of light and hue.

Haley Smith - Iridescence I         Haley Smith - Iridescence II



The Alumni Commemorative Wine artist 2011 - Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin '08

The Alumni Association is delighted to announce that Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin is the winner of the 2011 Commemorative Wine artists competition.

Tara-Lynn's stunning art work has been rendered onto the 2011 Commemorative Wine labels.

About the Artist: Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin
Tara-Lynn Kozma-Perrin is a contemporary First Nations artist, who received her BFA from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2008.  Much of her work consists of installations that deal with how the viewer interacts with artwork; however, painting will always remain one of her passions. The emphasis of light and its surroundings and the shadows it creates is something you can point out in many of her works. In the end, she hopes that the viewer has the opportunity to walk away with an experience, whether it is positive or negative.

About the Art

The following works, “Thailand Nights 2” and “Thailand Nights 3”, are snapshots of my travels throughout Hua Hin and Ko Phangan, Thailand.  The nightlife and lights that surrounded it mesmerized me throughout my trip - from restaurants on piers cascading their light onto the warm ocean, to the Full Moon Party filled with fire dancers and fascinating shadows.  There is a warmth there that I wanted to portray with my oil paintings, a beautiful warmth that envelopes you and makes you dream. See more of Tara's work here


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The Alumni Commemorative Wine artist 2010 - Courtney Simms '05

The Alumni Association is delighted to announce that Courtney Simms is the winner of the 2010 Commemorative Wine artists competition.  Courtney's dramatic artwork will be rendered onto the 2010 Commemorative Wine labels.

About the Artist:
Courtney Simms, BA English ’05 is a self-taught Canadian abstract artist who has been drawing since she could hold a crayon. Originally only interested in pencil and charcoal drawings it was not until 2005 that she introduced painting with acrylics into her artist repertoire. Her unique method of using her fingers to paint the majority of the composition sets her apart from other artists.

About the art:
Courtney’s artwork explores shape, movement, texture, shadows, and reflective light in landscapes and water. Experimenting with color is very important to her work. She uses color to evoke a sense of depth, to stimulate the senses, and to represent light and shadow. Her imaginative variations of color are spontaneous, dramatic, alive, cheerful, passionate and also calming, soothing, and tranquil. Courtney's work can be seen at


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The Alumni Commemorative Wine Artist 2009 - Melanie Schambach '04

The Alumni Association is delighted to announce that Melanie Schambach is the winner of the 2009 Commemorative Wine Artists Competition. Melanie's beautiful artwork will be rendered onto the 2009 Commemorative Wine labels

About the artist:
Schambach intends to challenge painting into activism by encouraging critical thinking and discourse through interactive painting. Born in 1981 in Bogota, Colombia, Schambach lived fifteen years in Cali during the Colombian Civil War, five years in Guatemala City, and seven years in Canada.

About the art:
With her artistic practice, Melanie explores subjects concerning some of the social struggles people face in South and Central America. Through oil and acrylic painting, she attempts to create a voice for these people, and also honor those cultures constructively. Instead of building illustrations of ideas and concepts, Schambach strives to create something powerful where one could think critically and become active from their beliefs.

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The Alumni Commemorative Wine 2008 artist - Hannah Bennett, Dip '03

The Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Hannah Bennett is the winner of the 2008 Commemorative Wine artists competition. Hannah linocut artwork will be rendered onto the 2008 Commemorative Wine labels.

About the Artist:
Hannah Bennett is a practicing printmaker and painter who lives and works in Vancouver, BC. She graduated from the University College of the Fraser Valley in 2003 and is an active member at Dundarave Print Workshop on Granville Island. She is also currently teaching classes at the Burnaby Art Gallery. She lives at Core Artist’s Live/Work Co-op in the Downtown Eastside and exhibits her work in various shows in and around Vancouver.

About the Art:
Moving into a complicated and busy area of East Vancouver was the beginning of this body of work. This community’s aesthetic, where abundant layers of angles and lines cut the visual landscape, seemed to be best rendered through the bold and graphic nature of linocut.

[East Side]

[Rice World]

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The Alumni Commemorative Wine label 2007 artist - Mickie Acierno '02
The winner of the Commemorative Wine artist contest is Mickie Acierno a 2002 graduate of the University College of the Fraser Valley (Deans list) in graphic design. Mickie was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, and began painting in 1978. Mickie continues to paint full time in oils from her home studio in Nanaimo, British Columbia, and is currently represented by the White Rock Gallery, and Gallery 223, Nanaimo. Mickie is a Signature member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

About the paintings:

Encore , an award winning painting represented on the red wine label is an example of a story being told, of expectation and anticipation. Diva, represented on the white wine label, is Mickie's largest painting to date and is a true example of the beauty of the simple things that surround us in our daily lives.

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2006 Label Collaboration
In 2006 the production of the label was a cultivated partnership between the UFV Alumni Association, renowned artist and alumnus, Jeff Sawatzky and Bounty Cellars Winery. The wine again was a tremendous success and has now become a highly anticipated tradition.


About the 2006 artist, Jeff Sawatzky
Jeff's passion for the arts led him into private mentorship and five years of higher education at UFV. His work is collected and shown across Canada and has been showcased in several television series and commercials. The selected art work for the Commemorative Wine labels are portraits of gnarled trees with their postures sculpted by wind, rain and time. When asked to describe this series Jeff writes: "We live in such a grand part of the world with incredible West Coast forests riddled with old growth. These creatures are shaped slowly over time affected by intense weather conditions and our humid climate. Their thick trunks and gnarly branches could easily remind of ancient Japanese tree art.

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2005 Label Collaboration
The production of this first label was a collaborative process between the UFV Alumni Association, Domaine de Chaberton, and alumnus artist Dean Lauze. The wine features the alumnus’ art work (front label) and brief biography (back label).

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