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Renowned Canning artist Susan Gibson Garvey wins top arts prize

Canning artist Susan Gibson Garvey, left, and contributing Digby artist Poppy Balser compare watercolour sketches made Oct. 24. CBC host Don Connolly is shown in the background.
Canning artist Susan Gibson Garvey, left, has won the Portia White Prize of $25,000 recognizing her extensive involvement and contributions to Nova Scotia's artistic community.

Portia White Prize goes to a professional artist who displays ‘cultural and artistic excellence’

CANNING, NS – Susan Gibson Garvey has just received one of the top awards for a professional artist in Nova Scotia – the $25,000 Portia White Prize.

Garvey received the award at the 2017 Creative Nova Scotia Awards, and was chosen for her extensive involvement in the province’s arts community, which has spanned 40 years.

Garvey has worked over four decades as an artist, educator, critic, curator and public gallery director.

The $25,000 award includes $7,000 to be donated by its winner to either an emerging artist, or supportive institution. Garvey chose the Visual Arts Nova Scotia's Mentorship Program to receive the funds.

"I am thrilled and honoured to receive this prestigious prize," said Garvey.

"I am deeply grateful to those who nominated me, and proud to be a part of the wonderfully collaborative and supportive artistic community here in Nova Scotia."

The award is named for Portia White, a classical singer who was considered among the best of the twentieth century. It is now given to an artist of any discipline who is chosen for their display of ‘cultural and artistic excellence.’

"Nova Scotia's culture is an intimate part of who we are in the province and we're proud to recognize these outstanding artists," said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

Ninety-five thousand dollars in awards were presented at the annual event, held in Halifax.

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