The Sudbury Celebration of the Arts has announced its nine finalists for its 2020 awards.
Actor and writer Sarah Gartstore, folk musician Jennifer Holub and textile artist Gillian Schultze are finalists for the Outstanding Emerging Artist Award.
This honour is presented to a professional artist with 10 years or less experience for the excellence and creativity of her or his artworks and performances.
The Award for Outstanding Mid-Career finalists are classical singer and teacher Pamela Teed,
singer/songwriter Joanne Polack and visual artist Jay Favot.
The award is presented to a mid-career artist with more than 10 years of experience, for their sustained efforts to pursue a professional career in the arts and to produce new works, while contributing to the development and betterment of the Greater Sudbury arts community.
The finalists for the Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts are bilingual singer/songwriter Chuck Labelle, performer and educator Pandora Topp and Denise Vitali, choreographer and founder of Sudbury School of Dance.
This award is presented to a professional artist for exceptional contribution to the arts during their career spanning more than 25 years through an extensive body of works in one or several disciplines, as well as through her/his contribution over time to the development and betterment of the Greater Sudbury arts community.
One artist in each category will be selected as the recipient of the award. In addition to the honour of being recognized by their peers, all finalists will be awarded cash bursaries to assist their continued pursuit of their creative projects.
Since 2014, more than $50,000 has been awarded to artists to support their work.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on social gatherings, the Sudbury Celebration of the Arts organizing committee has postponed the Awards Gala, initially planned for Thursday, June 4, to Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Sudbury Theatre Centre. Further details about tickets will be available in September.
The awards event, established in 2014, is a project of the Sudbury Arts Council in collaboration with Regroupement des organismes culturels de Sudbury (ROCS).
Members of this year’s Sudbury Celebration of the Arts committee are Linda Cartier, Benita Dellelce, Vicki Gilhula (chair), Paddy O’Sullivan, Judi Straughan, Alex Tétreault (ROCS) and Kyle Vine.