Lo­cal tal­ent rec­og­nized in Arts and Let­ters Awards

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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.

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