Local talent recognized in Arts and Letters Awards
Four entrants from the Trinity-Conception region were recognized for their painting, writing, and musical skills in the provincial government’s 2011 Arts and Letters Awards.
In senior division for poetry, Dana Evely of Carbonear and Stephen Rowe of Heart’s Content were singled out from 97 entrants for their work. Evely’s poem, “ White Ptarmigan,” tells the tale of a brother and sister watching their grandfather kill a grouse. Rowe, who lives in Gander, wrote “My Father’s Pocket Knife.”
Musician Duane Andrews of Carbonear, who won an East Coast Music award the same weekend in Charlottetown, P.E.I., was honoured in the musical composition category for a song titled “ The Half Step Reel.”
In the senior division visual arts category, Angie Green of Carbonear was one of 15 artists to win an award out of 167 entrants for her painting, “ The Reluctant Sitting.”
Established in 1952, the annual Arts and Letters Awards are funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.
“Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the most vibrant cultural communities in the country and boasts a wealth of talented artists who have made their mark locally, national and internationally,” said Minister Terry French, speaking at the House of Assembly on April 18. “Many of these artists gained their first recognition through the Arts and Letters program.”
Each winner receives a $1,000 prize. A total of $46,000 was awarded this year. The winning entries were announced on April 16.