Lifetime Achievement

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Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient - Mike Hosaluk, Saskatoon

Michael Hosaluk, Saskatoon

Michael Hosaluk, recognized as one of the most creative wood turners in the world, lives in rural Saskatoon. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts of Canada and lifetime member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council and the Saskatchewan Woodworkers' Guild. He is founding member of the American Association of Woodturners and the Furniture Society of North America. He has also received the Lieutenant Governor's Arts Award for Innovation in the Arts and the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Craft and is a multiple winner of the Premier's Prize for Excellence in Craft. Hosaluk has been co-coordinator of the Emma Lake International Collaboration, which takes place biannually since 1994. He has exhibited in Canada, the United States, England, Germany, China, Korea and Japan. Hosaluk's works are found in the permanent collections of Queen Elizabeth II, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Royal Ontario Museum. Hosaluk authored Scratching the Surface: Art and Content in Contemporary Wood. He has lectured and demonstrated in Canada, the United States, Norway, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland and Europe. He remains active in his community as a curator, educator and artist.

30 Below

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30 Below Award Short-Listed Nominee - Heather Benning, Watrous

Heather Benning, Watrous

Heather Benning was born in Humboldt in 1980 and now lives and works in rural Saskatchewan and Glasgow, Scotland. She began her formal studies in fine arts at the University of Regina, and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2004, and a Master of Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009. Between her degrees, Benning returned to Saskatchewan, where she completed several large-scale, site-specific installations. She has had numerous solo and group shows throughout Canada (Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan) and abroad (Germany, Scotland, England and France). Heather's work has been reviewed in Canadian Art magazine (Spring 2005), Sculpture magazine (Spring 2008), Galleries West (2009) and Espace (Winter 2009/2010).

30 Below Award Short-Listed Nominee - Amy Matysio, Regina

Amy Matysio, Regina

An award-winning actor, Amy Matysio is one of Canada's most exciting and dynamic performers, and she is based in Saskatchewan. Her theatre work spans all genres: classical and musical theatre, new play development, drama, comedy and improvisation. A true tour-de-force, her recent work in Globe Theatre's The Syringa Tree was touted as "One of the most powerful performances ever seen." Her extensive film and television credits include everything from low-budget independent productions, to some of Canada's most celebrated series, to feature films. She has worked as a writer and voice artist both regionally and nationally for CBC Radio, and now, as a writer and creator, she has a half-hour network television series in development with Minds Eye Pictures. Matysio has been an ensemble member with the General Fools Improvisational Theatre company for 13 years, with whom she holds five Canadian Comedy Award nominations. Matysio was recently honored by Canada's Playback magazine as "One of the Top 10 to Watch."

30 Below Award Short-Listed Nominee - Andrew Salgado, Regina

Andrew Salgado, Regina

Andrew's large-scale oil paintings are an exploration of identity, sexuality, and human nature. Since being the sole painter to represent Canada in the 5th International Francophonie in Niger, his paintings have been collected and exhibited internationally, including North America, Great Britain, Europe and the Middle East. Recent achievements include the 2011 Merida Venezuela Biennale for Contemporary Art, the inaugural exhibition at Gift, London, the GLAAD Art Awards in New York, and solo exhibitions in Vancouver and Oslo, Norway. Recently, he was awarded placement in the prestigious East Wing Hang at London's Somerset House alongside artists Tracey Emin and Gary Hume. Solo exhibitions in 2011 have been scheduled at Elliott Louis Gallery, in Vancouver, Canada; and Gift, in London, England. Salgado was invited to curate an exhibition of emerging artists, entitled I Am Solitary I Am An Army for Surface Gallery, Nottingham in September 2010. Paint Your Black Heart Red, an edition of his work and theory, was published in 2009, and his theoretical writings will be published in A Visual Reader, an anthology by the Art Institute of Chicago Press in 2011.

Arts and Learning

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Arts and Learning Award Short-Listed Nominee - Karon Guttormson, Saskatoon

Karon Guttormson, Saskatoon

Karon Guttormson has lived in Saskatchewan all her life and over those 43 years, she has developed a love of all things art. She attended City Park Collegiate and the Universities of Saskatchewan and Calgary; the latter is where she obtained her Master's of Education in curriculum, teaching and learning with a focus on interdisciplinary connections through visual art. For the past 21 years as an art educator, she has instructed thousands of students in the joys of creativity at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels in both rural and urban settings. She is currently teaching at Evan Hardy Collegiate, where she is the head of the Arts Education Department, and at the University of Saskatchewan, where she shares her expertise with future teachers. Guttormson has had the opportunity to show her own work at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery at the University of Saskatchewan and in the Fine Arts Building at the University of Calgary.

Arts and Learning Award Short-Listed Nominee - Chris Hamilton, Regina

Chris Hamilton, Regina

Chris Hamilton is the director and creator of the Best Buddies Blues Band. This educator of 25 years has truly tapped into something special with this group of students from the Best Buddies Chapter at Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School in Regina. He has created an opportunity and an environment where each member can contribute, can have success, and can be included - both those students with intellectual disabilities and those without. Since its beginnings in 2005, the Best Buddies Blues Band strives to have fun with friends, to entertain with music, and to present a powerful example and message of inclusion. The group has garnered awards, attention and rave reviews locally, nationally, and internationally. The recipe is quite simple - mix together one visionary director, three chords, five notes from a pentatonic scale, and 25 kind-hearted students, and you have this unique program, the Best Buddies Blues Band! A quote from one of the band's original songs says it all: "we celebrate what we got and give it our best shot."

Arts and Learning Award Short-Listed Nominee - Wendy Winter, Regina

Wendy Winter, Regina

Wendy Winter grew up in Regina and attended art school in Calgary before starting a career as a gallery educator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in 1983. Always encouraged and amazed by the engagement of youth with art at the MacKenzie, and their joy of creating art in the studio, Winter perceived the value of a special multi-visit program with artist residencies and special full-day tours for students attending inner-city and Aboriginal schools. In 1997, the MacKenzie Urban Outreach Program was initiated and now, 13 years later, is a core program of the MacKenzie. Urban Outreach has also branched out to include special bridging projects between diverse communities resulting in featured exhibitions and programming. Initially, Winter instructed the Urban Outreach programs, but through successful project funding and sponsorship has been able to employ artists and educators. However, her heart is in the studio and, whenever possible, she finds opportunities to work directly with the student participants.


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Leadership Short-Listed Nominee - Carrie Catherine and Curtis Olson, Saskatoon

Carrie Catherine and Curtis Olson, Saskatoon

Carrie Catherine and Curtis Olson are dynamic community builders that create events and spaces where the arts can flourish. In 2008, they transformed a Riversdale church in Saskatoon into The Cherch: Place of Art Worship, creating performance opportunities and affordable studio space for artists. They purchased an abandoned grocery store in Caswell Hill and converted it into The Hayloft, an inspiring house concert venue featuring live music, poetry, visual art, and literature. They have also produced innovative events (such as LUGO at the Mendel Art Gallery) that bring art communities together and to a larger audience. In these projects and more, Curtis Olson, owner of Shift Development, and award-winning singer/songwriter Carrie Catherine blend their passion for inspiring spaces and the arts.

Leadership Short-Listed Nominee - Gregory and Marcia McLean, Swift Current

Gregory and Marcia McLean, Swift Current

Gregory and Marcia McLean are recently retired Saskatchewan music educators who have dedicated their lives to nurturing the growth of young people through the pursuit of music. Having met at Brandon University while studying for their undergraduate degrees, the couple taught in the Potashville School Division (Esterhazy) for 12 years before moving to Swift Current to continue teaching. Gregory continued his education with a graduate degree in fine arts from the University of Calgary and a Master of Music degree in conducting from the University of Manitoba. Marcia founded, and for 12 years directed, the Swift Current Children's Choir and has been the director of the Swift Current Oratorio Choir for the past five years. The choirs of the Swift Current Comprehensive High School, under Marcia's direction, and the instrumental ensembles, under Gregory's direction, have received provincial, national and international acclaim. In 2001, both directors were awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Swift Current Rotary Club for outstanding leadership and community work with young people. In 2004, Marcia received the Pro Musica Award from the Saskatchewan Choral Federation and in 2006, Greg was presented the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Saskatchewan Music Educators' Association. Both educators are active clinicians in Saskatchewan, working with band and choir directors and their students.

Leadership Short-Listed Nominee - Saskatchewan Woodworkers' Guild

Saskatchewan Woodworkers' Guild

The Saskatchewan Woodworkers' Guild (SWG) was formed in 1978 as an informal gathering of people interested in working with wood to create beauty. Initially, its primary orientation was to help wood artists develop the skills and exposure to become professionals. The SWG's first activities brought expertise to Saskatchewan for workshops and seminars and organized shows for gallery settings. As the organization grew, it attracted new members who are passionate about striving for excellence in wood, but produce for personal pleasure rather than professional income. The SWG then developed programs and activities that meet the needs of both hobbyists and professionals.

Saskatchewan Artist

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Saskatchewan Artist Short-Listed Nominee - Lee Brady, Saskatoon

Lee Brady, Saskatoon

Lee Brady has worked as a professional glass artist and educator for more than three decades. Currently exhibiting his work locally, nationally and internationally, Brady began his adventures into the world of glass in his rural workshop, Glass Eye Studio, in 1980. Working tirelessly to develop a unique voice in stained and fused glass art in Saskatchewan, Brady continues to share his knowledge of his medium and of craft production through innumerable workshops, University of Saskatchewan classes, volunteering, and CARFAC mentorship programs. As a founding member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council (SCC), he has volunteered as a board member, juror and committee member over the past 35 years. He was also a founding member of the Saskatoon Glassworkers' Guild, whose primary focus is education through the sharing of ideas and support. While exhibiting in the SCC's annual juried show, Brady has frequently been awarded the Elizabeth Swift and the Saskatoon Glassworkers' Guild Awards for Excellence in Glass, numerous SCC Merit of Excellence Awards and the Premier's Prize. Brady has contributed greatly to the development of fused glass as a movement. His craftsmanship serves as an inspiration, while his pedagogical commitment gives others the ability to actualize their creative dreams.

Saskatchewan Artist Short-Listed Nominee - Codie Prevost, Saskatoon

Codie Prevost, Saskatoon

Codie Prevost turned country heads in 2006, when his Saskatchewan Country Music Association Awards (SCMA) winning streak began. Awarded the Rising Star Award, and Album of the Year for his debut CD, The Road Ahead, three years later, in 2009, Prevost took home 10 SCMAs. His song,"Quicksand," was recorded by Nashville-based Grammy Award winner Randy Kohrs and is the title track of Kohr's current acoustic CD. Prevost has performed throughout Canada, at SXSW in Austin, Texas and at the Canadian Country Music Association Awards songwriters and new artist showcases. He has opened for The Oakridge Boys, Michelle Wright, and Doc Walker and has writing collaborations with Victoria Shaw, Willie Mack, and Troy Kokol, among others. Prevost's single, "Spin," was awarded the worldwide Independent Music Award for Country Song of the Year, and his birthday song video to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres appeared on the home page of her website in January 2010. His current single/video, "Rolling Back To You," has hit the Top 40 charts in Canada.

Saskatchewan Artist Short-Listed Nominee - Jeffery Straker, Punnichy

Jeffery Straker, Punnichy

Singer-songwriter-pianist Jeffery Straker performs more than 100 shows per year. He recently recorded for CBC's Canada Live, had a music video rise to the Top 10 on Canada's Much More Music, and in May 2010, toured his music with the Regina Symphony Orchestra through the support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board's Culture on the Go program. His current album, Step Right Up, was recently the number five top-selling album in Saskatchewan, ahead of both Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. Canadian Musician Magazine said Straker is "Very much an artist to watch." The Chicago Free Press wrote, "Rufus Wainwright, as well as k.d. lang are among the Canadians making essential and beautiful music. Add the name Jeffery Straker to that list." The classically trained pianist has been invited to showcase at Canadian Music Week, the Western Canadian Music Awards and JunoFest, and has recently shared stages with Buffy Sainte-Marie, Mel C from the Spice Girls, and the Village People. A student of the Royal Conservatory of Music, he received his licentiate diploma in piano performance from Trinity College, London when he was 19.


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Volunteer Short-Listed Nominee - Joanne Messer, Tisdale

Joanne Messer, Tisdale

Joanne Messer's volunteer involvement in Saskatchewan's cultural community has been varied and continuous over the past four decades. Her support of visual and performing arts and her passion for elocution related initiatives have led her to such positions as president of the Mackenzie Art Gallery and the Saskatchewan Music Festival Association. Messer's leadership, energy and enthusiasm have benefited arts organizations in both urban and rural Saskatchewan.

Volunteer Short-Listed Nominee - Trent Watts, Saskatoon

Trent Watts, Saskatoon

Trent Watts has had a passion for woodworking since he was a small child. Typical of many prairie boys in the 1960s, Watts grew up on a farm and was greatly influenced by his natural surroundings. Walking amongst prairie grasses, picking rocks and Saskatoon berries, watching migrating birds move with the changing seasons, riding horses and fixing fences, all had a profound effect on his early development. Those early years and his life's work as a veterinarian, combined with opportunities to work with many talented wood artists have all directed and informed his work. Watts enjoys making both functional and sculptural work, often using wood from locally harvested trees. Much of his work has a sense of fun and is most successful when viewers see something that causes them to smile.

Watts was the lead organizer for the 2006, 2008 and 2010 EMMA International Collaboration, a major biennial event that has contributed greatly to the development of craft in Saskatchewan. In order to take on this voluntary commitment, he reduced his veterinary practice to half-time and has given more than 5,000 hours of volunteer time to make these events a success.

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