MERA Award of Excellence - theHumm August 2019
MERA Award of Excellence - theHumm August 2019
MERA (McDonalds Corners & Elphin Recreation & Arts) is pleased to announce that Rosemary Kotze has received the 2019 MERA Award of Excellence in the Fine Arts and Fine Crafts for her creations using the felting process. They are also pleased to recognize the work of Barbara Sohn as the runner-up.
Sunny Kerr, the Curator of Contemporary Art at Queen’s University, said the jury found it to be a difficult decision and were debating the merits of the work of several highly committed artists right up until the end. “We find Rosemary Kotze’s work in felted wool to be beautifully original,” she explains. “It has a character of trueness to nature that shows keen observation. We are charmed by the sense of life that she has given to her materials. The technical skill is deep even if it is quiet, and betrays a long dedication to artmaking.”
Victoria Henry, the former Director of the Canada Council Art Bank, also commented that it was not an easy choice: “there is always the dilemma of choosing between fine craft and painting, each of which has its own norms, but in the end, Rosemary’s felted animals were judged the most worthy of the MERA Award for 2019”.
The MERA Award of Excellence in the Fine Arts and Fine Crafts, consisting of a prize of $1000, was presented to Rosemary Kotze at a reception in June. The winner and runner-up both had examples of their work on view at the event.
The MERA Award of Excellence, which is given every two years, was conceived and made possible by a generous donation by local residents Chris & David Dodge to the Perth & District Community Foundation, which manages the funds. Recognizing the organization’s important contributions to the community, the Dodge Family chose MERA to select the award winners.
Ankaret Dean, MERA’s Artistic Director, said it was a pleasure to look at all the submissions, and hopes the other artists will submit their work again in 2021. Anyone interested in learning more about MERA or the Award of Excellence is encouraged to visit meraschoolhouse.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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