Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Announces Award Winners

May 3, 2010

The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) celebrated its 25th annual Arts Awards at the Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay tonight. Six awards were presented, honouring the accomplishments of Newfoundland and Labrador’s artists. The winners are:

Arts in Education Award: Manfred (Mannie) Buchheit (visual artist/photographer)
Patron of the Arts Award: Wallace Hammond (audio and lighting operator)
Hall of Honour Award: The Flummies (musical group)
Hall of Honour Award: Helen Fogwill Porter (writer)
Rogers Arts Achievement Award: Des Walsh (writer, musician, and actor)
CBC Emerging Artist Award: Chad Pelley (writer)
Artist of the Year Award: Duo Concertante (classical chamber music ensemble)

“Tonight is all about the artists of our province,” said NLAC Chair Camelita McGrath. “It’s about honouring fine work and dedication. Behind this one night of marking achievement, there have been many days and nights of hard work. Inspiration may be the spark that fires artistic endeavour, but it’s commitment that makes great work happen. Tonight’s winners and finalists have all displayed this kind of energy, hard work, and commitment – we are proud to celebrate their artistic excellence here tonight.”

Nominations for the awards are submitted by the arts community, arts organizations, and the general public. Members of the NLAC vote by secret ballot to select the finalists and winners.

Winners of the Artist of the Year, Emerging Artist, Arts in Education, and Arts Achievement Awards receive a $2000 cash prize and a piece of artwork. Winners of the Patron of the Arts Award receive a piece of artwork. Inductees into the Hall of Honour receive a framed certificate.’

For more information contact:

Janet McDonald
Communications Officer
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
(709) 726-2212

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