Salt Spring National Art Prize organizers are thrilled by the enthusiasm shown by the national and local artists who attended, as well as art lovers who revelled in all three art showcases. Winners were announced at a gala awards night before a packed house at Mahon Hall on October 19.
Hailing from Winnipeg, the winner of the Salt Spring Prize (The Joan McConnell Award) is 28-year old artist Luther Konadu. His photograph, Figure as Index, captured the jury and held their attention in a way one juror described as “clever and confrontational; humorous and challenging and expansive in its interrogation of photography as meaning and form,” and another referred to his work as “a slow burn.” Konadu receives $15,000 and a Salt Spring Island artist residency of $5,000.
Konadu was not expecting to win the Salt Spring Prize, “It never crossed my mind that it could be me out of the 50 plus finalists. I knew I couldn't attend and I thought there was a lot of great work being shown. So I didn't even bother having any hopes of winning.”
Carol Narod has received the Salt Spring Artists Award for her work titled, Married and single during the SSNAP gala awards. Her piece is a combination of needlepoint, embroidery, crewelwork, ersatz weaving and playing with yarn, “I like to make textures, and invite the viewer to touch them. I want to evoke warm and fuzzy.” Her next project is a concept based on the four seasons, “The spring piece is called Germinal. The life, sensuality, energy that springs forth after winter. The fall scene is called, Last Gala Before Winter. The final burst of harvest activity, reaping, bounty, before winter sets in.”
SSNAP founding director, Ronald T. Crawford says the third biennial SSNAP exhibition exceeded expectations. “The whole showcase was very exciting and provided a diverse representation of art from coast to coast. It’s been a rare opportunity to witness works by emerging and established artists’ come together in one visual space.”
The Parallel Art Show, held at ArtSpring, featured 50 Southern Gulf Island artists and ran parallel to the national exhibition. Two Salt Spring artists were chosen in the Viewers’ Choice category including, Karin Millson for Ledger of Thoughts and Donna Hall for Wanderers, placing second and third respectively. The first place winner was Jim Holyoak for The Mountain Knows Your Name.
SSNAP Youth Art Exhibition, hosted at the Salt Spring Gallery, was an inaugural-juried showcase of work created by Southern Gulf Island youth, ages 13-18. Sam Holmes took home a Jury Award and People’s Choice for his work titled, Ram. Other winners included, Jury Award winners Mac Flett for The Angry Anarchist and Rose Hermann for Work in Progress. People’s Choice winners included Ruby Egger-Lipsett for Nouveau and Anju Otsu for Eye-land.
LIST OF WINNERS:
SALT SPRING PRIZE - THE JOAN McCONNELL AWARD
+ RESIDENCY FOR OUTSTANDING WORK
$20,000 ($15,000 and a $5,000 Salt Spring Island artist residency)
Luther Konadu, Winnipeg, MB “Figure as Index”
JURORS’ CHOICE AWARDS
(Three awards of $3,000 selected by each juror)
Kaley Flowers, Toronto, ON for “” via Juror: Sandra Meigs
Audie Murray, Victoria, BC for “for hambone, metis billy stick” via Juror: David Balzer
Skawennati, Montreal, QC for “Intergalactic Empowerment Wampum Belt (Xenomorph, Onkwehón:we, Na’vi, Twi’lek, E.T.)” via Juror: cheyanne turions
PEOPLE'S CHOICE - ROSEMARIA BEHNCKE AWARDS
(Three awards determined by a vote of visitors to the exhibition)
1st prize - $3,000, 2nd prize - $2,000, 3rd prize - $1,000
Tony Luciano, Durham, ON for “Port-Kent” 1st place
Steven Volpe, Orangeville, ON for “Winter Gathering” 2nd place
Tim Alfred, Port Hardy, BC for “Blue moon mask” 3rd place
1st place – Erika Dueck, St. Pierre, MB for “The Sanctuary” - $1,000
SALT SPRING ARTISTS AWARD
(For outstanding work by a Salt Spring Artist - $2,000)
Carol Narod, Salt Spring Island, BC for “Married and single”
SALT SPRING ISLAND PAINTERS GUILD AWARD
(For outstanding two dimensional painted artwork - $1,000)
Atefeh Baradaran, Vancouver, BC for “Untitled (Hinged Take Off)”
PARALLEL ART SHOW
Vote in the 'Viewers’ Choice Awards'
(Three prizes of $800, $550 and $300)
1st place $800 – Jim Holyoak for “The Mountain Knows Your Name”
2nd place $500 – Karin Millson for “Ledger of Thoughts”
3rd place $300 – Donna Hall for “Wanderers”
Jury Award: Ronald T. Crawford, Richard Steel and Cheryl Long
1st place – Sam Holmes “Ram”
2nd place – Mac Flett “The Angry Anarchist”
3rd place – Rose Hermann “Work in Progress”
1st place – Ruby Egger-Lipsett for “Nouveau”
2nd place – Anju Otsu for “Eye-land”
3rd place – Sam Holmes “Ram”
Congratulations!Very cool!Looks great!