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May 19, 2009

Minister Congratulates 2009 Arts and Letters Award Winners

The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation, today congratulated the winners of the 2009 Arts and Letters Awards, which were presented Saturday, May 16, at The Rooms in St. Johnís.

"The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador recognizes that the remarkable talents of our provinceís professional and emerging artists must be promoted and supported," said Minister Jackman. "These are the individuals who continue to develop and sustain this provinceís rich cultural sector."

More than $46,000 in prizes were awarded Ė 37 in the Junior Division for entrants ages 12 to 18, and 38 in the Senior Division. Prizes in both divisions were awarded in literary arts (including French), musical composition and visual arts. This year, over 750 entries were submitted from communities throughout the province.

"It is always a joy to receive such a variety of creative cultural expression," said Elayne Greeley, Chair of the Arts and Letters Committee. "The Arts and Letters Committee was pleased to see so many works submitted from people throughout the province. Their passion and professionalism is a gift to us all."

Patrick Warner was awarded the eventís top prize, The Percy Janes First Novel Award, for his manuscript entitled, Precious. This award comes with a $1,500 prize.

In addition to the award presentations, the evening was filled with readings, visual presentations, and performances by some of this yearís winners.

In 2006, the Provincial Government released its cultural strategy, Creative Newfoundland and Labrador: The Blueprint for Development and Investment in Culture. Over the past four years, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has invested more than $25 million in new funding to develop and strengthen new opportunities within the arts, cultural and heritage sectors.

Budget 2009 committed an additional $25,000 to the Arts and Letters Program, for a total annual investment of $135,000.

The Provincial Arts and Letters Awards program was established in 1952 and has recognized some of Newfoundland and Labradorís most talented and well-known artists. For further information on the Arts and Letters Program, please visit: www.gov.nl.ca/artsandletters.

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Media contact:

Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation
709-729-0928, 697-5061
heathermay@gov.nl.ca

 

 

BACKGROUNDER

Arts and Letters Awards Recipients

Senior Visual Art

Adjudicators: Colette Urban, John Haney and Barbara Hunt

(202 entries; $1,000 prize)

Senior Visual Art

Name Home Title Medium
David Baltzer St. Johnís Atrium (San Francisco) acrylic and oil on canvas
Jennifer Barrett Paradise San Diego Bush Pig acrylic on canvas
Jack Botsford St. Johnís Waterford River, Late September etching (hand-colored) and wood cut
David Butt Carbonear Poppyís Socks graphite/color pencils
Susan Duff St. Johnís Lichen on Rock, Red Island, Placentia Bay hooked rug
Michael Fantuz Gander South Shore Fire, 1901 oil on canvas
Deborah Hartery St. Johnís Remembrance 2008 digital photography
Jonathan Howse Springdale Sheep Mountain silver gelatin print
Shane Kelly Portugal Cove-St. Phillips Untitled photography
Nick Kokis St. Johnís Lindy Ruff oil on canvas
Karen Colbourne Martin St. Johnís Where Once He Stood textile - Fibre art
Mark Prier Corner Brook Structure "C" (wood, bolts/washers/wingnuts
Bill Rose St. Johnís My Mother graphite and prisma color on paper
James Shebib St. Johnís Boil Order pastel and conte
Andrew Wells St. Johnís 7 Dwarfs soapstone

Junior Visual Art

(103 entries; $250 prize)

Adjudicators: Sharon LeRiche, Jason Sellars

Junior Visual Art

Name Home Title Medium
Daniel Dimitrov St. Johnís Pagan Feast mixed media
Julia Kennedy St. Johnís The Window digital photography
Monica Lee Goulds Tomcod watercolor/tempura
Deanna Shea Fleur De Lys Homemade Memories photography
Jennifer Bautista St. Johnís Daphne for Different Reasons charcoal/pastel/marker
Christy Groves Forteau Open Your Eyes mixed media
Daisy Hurich Conception Bay South The Angel on Duckworth Street watercolor/acrylic/ink
Laurel Keating Portugal Cove Gift acrylic
Lorraine Matthews Happy Valley-Goose Bay Beeing Free drawing
Samantha Moss Labrador City The Ocean pen/pencil/watercolor

Senior Poetry

(99 entries; $1,000 prize)

Adjudicators: Boyd Chubbs, Amanda Jernigan

Senior Poetry

Name Home Title
Andreae Prozesky St. Johnís Carousell at the Christmas Market (Brussels)
Carmelita McGrath St. Johnís November Rain
Carolyn Norberg Flatrock Five Angels
Hae Bin Park St. Johnís River
Kimberley Wilton St. Johnís Blind Date
Shoshanna Wingate St. Johnís Living With the Dead

 

Junior Poetry

(116 entries; $250 prize)

Adjudicators: Jack Eastwood and Adam Beardsworth

Junior Poetry

Name Home Title
Anna Henley St. Johnís On TV
Julia Kennedy St. Johnís Lament
Arynne OíReilly Bay Roberts If That Girl
Victoria Walsh North Harbour Average
Brendan Allison St. Johnís An Awkward Ambivalence to Failure
Darren Ivany Conception Bay South Miscarriage
Ian Moffatt St. Johnís Dig It Shovel Man
Brittany Piercey Conception Bay South Growing Up
Anna Snow St. Johnís Three Strikes
Michael Walsh Clarenville Shackled

Senior Short Fiction

(61 entries; $1,000 prize)

Adjudicators: Tina Chaulk and Katherine Welbourn

Senior Short Fiction

Name Home Title
Jennifer Clouter St. Johnís Settling
Rhonda Dyke Gander Unscathed
Alvin Osmond Outer Cove Mirage
Jeffrey Pardy St. Johnís Jeremy
Sara Tilley St. Johnís Her Adolescence

Senior Non-fictional Prose

(33 entries; $1,000 prize)

Adjudicator: Michael Johansen

Senior Non-Fictional Prose

Name Home Title
Marjorie Doyle St. Johnís Immaterial Girl, and Girlís Mother
Robert Parsons Grand Bank The Day No Fish Was Made
Lesley Anne Ryan Holyrood The Lure of Adventure

 

Junior Prose

(84 entries; $250 prize)

Adjudicators: Nora Flynn and Craig Francis

Junior Prose

Name Home Title
John Hanchar St. Johnís The Children
Laura Howells St. Johnís The Nature of us All
Eric Richard Torbay The Ranger Lord
Maggie Way St. Lawrence The Painting
Julia Cole Bear Cove A Virtual Epidemic
Rebecca Drover Marystown Die Soldaten
Andrea Dunne St. Johnís An Abandoned Line of Inquiry
Gladdale Matthews Happy Valley Goose Bay A Satisfied Ever After
Danielle OíConnor Corner Brook Left Out
Virginia Shewfelt St. Johnís The Power to Destroy Worlds

Senior Dramatic Script

(14 entries; $1,000 prize)

Adjudicator: Berni Stapleton

Senior Dramatic Script

Name Home Title
Wanda Nolan St. Johnís Four Sisters - The Same Haircut
Liz Solo St. Johnís Machine

Senior French Literary

(5 entries; $1,000 prize)

Adjudicator: FranÁoise Enguehard

Senior Dramatic Script

Name Home Title
Michael Savard St. Johnís Marines

 

Junior French Literary

(12 entries; $250.00 prize)

Adjudicator: FranÁoise Enguehard

Senior Dramatic Script

Name Home Title
Seana Callahan St. Johnís La Musique

Senior Musical Composition

(20 entries; $1,000 prize)

Adjudicators: Jim Duff and Scott Godin

Senior Musical Composition

Name Home Title
Patrick Boyle Mount Pearl Psalm
Kimberly Codner Torbay #13 Speleology
George Morgan St. Johnís Untitled #2 for Violin and Piano
Laura Penney Corner Brook Papercuts

Junior Musical Composition

(14 entries; $250 prize)

Adjudicators: Jim Duff and Scott Godin

Junior Musical Composition

Name Home Title
Conor Curtis Corner Brook Song Without Words No. 1
Mitchell Williams Goulds Chasse
Robert Humber Pasadena Fly
Annie Warner St. Johnís One Too Many Times

Percy Janes First Novel Award

(7 entries; $1,500 prize)

Adjudicator: Paul Butler

Percy Janes First Novel Award

Name Home Title
Patrick Warner St. Johnís Precious

 

David C. Saxon Humanitarian Essay Competition

The Promotion of World Peace and Harmony:

Who is Keeping the Peace?

Adjudicator: Ivan Morgan

David C. Saxon Humanitarian Essay Competition

Senior Division

Name Home
Danielle Higdon Baie Verte

David C. Saxon Humanitarian Essay Competition

Junior Division

Name Home
Cole Walsh Flowerís Cove
Myfanwy Price Logy Bay

2009 05 19                                                  9:30 a.m.
 


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