Annie Baillargeon

SSartprize Finalist 2015

WINNER | JURORS CHOICE AWARD – JUROR, VICKY CHAINEY GAGNON – $2,000 As a performance artist, Annie Baillargeon creates metaphorical works that centre on the body as a central motif. The artist’s practice crosses genres and mediums in a multidisciplinary meditation on human interactions, both sociological and intimate. In these images, the multiple static and moving figures suggest sumptuous baroque …

Nicola Wheston

SSartprize Finalist 2015

WINNER | PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, 1ST PRIZE – $3,000 Nicola Wheston trained at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford, England and at the Nova Scotia College of Art. For the first twelve years of her art career, Nicola worked as a printmaker, specializing in intaglio printing. It was during this period that she produced prints for artists from Canada, the …

M.E. Sparks

SSartprize Finalist 2015

WINNER | JURORS CHOICE AWARD – JUROR, IAN THOMAS – $2,000 M.E. Sparks explores the accumulated histories and intrinsic vibrancy of found objects and the vitality they achieve as painted forms. She is intrigued by the human tendency to animate the inanimate and, through her paintings, aims to evoke our inherent desire to give life to objects. Through an observational …

Patricia Slighte

SSartprize Finalist 2015

WINNER | PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, 2ND PRIZE – $2,000 “I am an emerging printmaker who is inspired by the environment in which I live. The cold is intense, but the snow and light in Northern Canada are breathtaking. The pristine beauty of winter and its change into spring is the inspiration for this piece. As the sun becomes stronger in …

Corrie Peters

Corrie Peters

SSartprize Finalist 2015

WINNER | THE JOAN MCCONNELL AWARD + RESIDENCY FOR OUTSTANDING WORK – $10,000 + Salt Spring Island Artists Residency in 2016 to the value of $5,000 Peters is a post-disciplinary artist whose primary medium is relationship. She has learned about art and how to be in the world from the many people who have been willing to sit with her …

Jessie McNeil

SSartprize Finalist 2015

WINNER | JURORS CHOICE AWARD – JUROR, HOLGER KALBERG – $2,000 In her interdisciplinary art practice, Jessie McNeil addresses themes of place and memory with an emphasis on cultural history, identity and language. Her figurative paper-based collages, which she calls “portraits of place” are made with the eye of a street photographer, while fulfilling the artist’s need to cut, paste, …

Susan Huber

SSartprize Finalist 2015

WINNER | THE ALLIANCE OF SALT SPRING ARTISTS (ASA) AWARD – $1,000 “I work to capture the mysteries inherent in all landscapes. My camera seeks out quirky undertones. I look for subjects that are unguarded, close to nature, and still agreeable to the idea of magic. I am inspired by large format photography and 19th Century processes in the work …

Eric Button

SSartprize Finalist 2015

WINNER | 3RD PRIZE, PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS – $1,000 Eric Button is an artist living and working in Vancouver. He has a BFA with a major in illustration from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Nature and Canadian culture are common themes in his work, which he explores with a sense of humour and a touch of cynicism. www.ericbutton.com …