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Nominations open for Raven’ About the Arts Awards

The first annual awards were held last September at the Sawridge Inn. The evening was mirrored after Hinton’s Arts on Fire Gala, which has been going strong for the last five years.

At the black-tie event, Jasper had eight award recipients: Marie-Helene Hamel for dance, Kim Wallace for theatre, Ursula Winkler for multimedia arts, Joel Cooper for visual arts, Niki Wilson for writing, Geoff Dick for photography, Lisa Riddell for music, and the Jasper Sustainability Club for Youth for video.

The artists were chosen by the community. Marianne Garrah of Habitat for the Arts sent out nomination forms to instructors, people working in the arts, community leaders and members asking that they nominate three people. They were also asked to rate their nominees on three criteria: artistic excellence, artistic merit and community impact. The winners were chosen based on the their scores. 

Garrah said these awards are for emerging artists of any age who give back to the community and encourage others to take part in the arts.

For the 2012 awards, Garrah said she would like to see last year’s winners spearhead the nomination and selection process.

“I would like the people that won last year and the community to come up with their own way of choosing,” she said. “They can design their own criteria. The only emphasis I would like to see is that these people do give to their community and foster the next generation of artists.”

Once the nominations are in and the winners are selected, the awards will be presented on Sept. 21.

The event will again take place at the Sawridge Inn, where the food was both fabulous and exotic last year.

“The food was amazing. You know, chocolate covered bacon with egg ice cream. It was weird,” she said with a laugh. “Amuse bouche, while you were waiting in the lobby, which I had never heard of.”

Garrah said all in all the evening was phenomenal, although a lot of work. 

“How did I feel when it was done?” she said, “Elated to the point of ‘I can’t wait to do it next year’ and tired to the point of ‘Oh my God, I’m never doing this again.’ It was fantastic to see it all come together.”

To nominate an inspirational emerging artist, send an email to

Garrah asks that you don’t forget to explain why your nominee deserves the award. 

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