Winners from last year’s Salt Spring National Art Prize. The 2021 winners will be announced Saturday, Oct. 23. (Screenshot www.saltspringartprize.ca)

Winners from last year’s Salt Spring National Art Prize. The 2021 winners will be announced Saturday, Oct. 23. (Screenshot www.saltspringartprize.ca)

Art Prize winners to be announced Saturday

The SSNAP closing gala will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23

Everyone is invited to join the live stream and find out who the winners are for the Salt Spring Island National Art Prize for 2021.

The SSNAP closing gala will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23, starting at 7 p.m.

At that time the award winners will be announced.

Winners for the Parallel Art Show will also be announced on the stream, which can be found at www.saltspringartprize.ca/live or on SSNAP’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ase8UZiZW0).

The SSNAP exhibition will still be open daily, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island until Monday, Oct. 25.

Finalists for the prize were announced in July.

A total of 1,608 artists submitted 2,756 works into the contest, and organizers said the quality of the art they received was “remarkable”.

“This truly points to the value of more opportunities for Canadian visual artists to exhibit their work, the strength of the Canadian art scene, and the importance of expression, especially during these difficult COVID times,” said a press release announcing the 52 finalists.

The finalists were selected by four national jurists, and artists were anonymous to the jury.

Among the finalists is Duncan artist David Gluck, and Salt Spring Island artist Connie Kuhns.

There are 10 prizes up for grabs, totalling $41,000, with first prize set at $20,000.

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