Announcing the launch of The Salt Spring National Art Prize 2021/22!

The official launch of SSNAP 2021/22


The Salt Spring National Art Prize was established in 2015 to recognize, showcase, and publicize the accomplishments of Canadian visual artists. As a biennial national art prize with over $30,000 in awards, we are committed to continuing our legacy and look toward mounting a live exhibition in September 2021.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada who are eighteen years of age and older as of January 1, 2020 are invited to submit their two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for consideration. The art prize will showcase approximately 50 finalists chosen by a national jury. An exhibition of the finalists’ work will take place in Sept/Oct 2021 at Mahon Hall on Salt Spring Island, B.C..

Because of the present Covid situation and its uncertainty, details of the exhibition events will be announced at a later date.

The call for submissions will open January 1, 2021!

Keep yourself informed about SSNAP 2021/22 by clicking the ‘Keep Me Informed’ button on our website

Our founding director Ronald T. Crawford states, “In this unprecedented time for visual artists across the country, we are excited and proud to move forward with SSNAP 2021/2022! Although the uncertainty of Covid protocols make scheduling the events difficult to finalize, we are committed to a live Finalist Exhibition showcasing some of the best in Canadian art!”

The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is to encourage Canadian artists whose artistry demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with a real visual impact and depth of meaning.

All artists’ submissions must be submitted by the artist themselves and their identity will be anonymous to the jury until the exhibition opens. Canadian citizens and permanent residents over the age of 18 are eligible to apply with the call for submissions opening January 1, 2021.

For more information regarding The Salt Spring National Art Prize see our website at

Here is to great Canadian Art!

Keep yourself informed about SSNAP 2021/22 by clicking the ‘Keep Me Informed’ button on our website

Our mailing address is:

The Salt Spring National Art Prize

114 Rainbow Rd

Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2V5



Go Fish Go! Art Contest Winners


The ‘Go Fish Go!’ Facebook Art Contest is complete! Inspired by Lunenburg’s proud seafaring history, this contest’s theme was the humble COD FISH.

Our School received an incredible variety of beautiful submissions — paintings, sculptures, and even textiles! Thank you to every artist for your participation. All entries can be viewed by visiting our website or our Facebook page @lunenburgschoolofthearts

The public has voted and we have our 3 winners. Congratulations to Philippa Borgal, Laurie Swim, and Judith Orr!

1st Place:
‘Abundance’ by Philippa Borgal. Hand-printed and painted lino block print using acrylic paint and ink on hand made mulberry paper from Myanmar.

2nd Place:
‘Broken Pen’ textile by Laurie Swim, 36″ x 18″

3rd Place:
‘Cod Fish’ watercolour by Judith Orr, 10.5″ x 14″

Our mailing address is:
Lunenburg School of the Arts
6 Prince St. PO Box 610
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0

Help this young Canadian Designer win a $10k “Stuck at Prom” Scholarship ~ Voting ends July 10, 2020

KITCHENER, ONT — A student at Eastwood Collegiate Institute is the only Canadian to be represented in a contest to make prom attire out of duct tape.

The Duck Brand Stuck at Prom Scholarship Contest challenged students around North America to create their best prom outfit out of duct tape.

Lena Hart, who was one of about 400 applicants in Canada and the U.S., spent 146 hours and 12 rolls of tape to create her dress.

“I started by going through past sketchbooks that I had, and I had two prom dresses that I designed,” said Hart. “They were my dream prom dresses. So I took those two designs and combined them into one.”

The winner in both dress and tux categories will win $10,000, while the runners up will get $500 and $100-worth of products from the company.

Hart’s dress includes dozens of gold tape roses and petals. A video on the company’s website shows how she created sheets with the tape to resemble real fabric, and then cut them to shape and taped together the final product.

“I took giant pieces of paper, cut them out and put them on my body to see if they would fit and adjusted them from there, ” said Hart. “Then I made sheets of duct tape to emulate fabric, cut out those pieces of fabric from the duct tape, and taped them all together. So it’s 100 per cent duct tape.”

Hart is up against four other finalists, whose fates will be decided by voting.

Voting for the first-prize winner in each category opened to the public on June 29th, ends on July 10th, and can be accessed on the Stuck at Prom website. Supporters may vote once a day per email.

You can vote for Canadian Lena Hart at:

Voting closes on July 10.




Awards Ceremony & Winners of PIPAF in ISOLATION

Congratulations again to our winners for PIPAF in ISOLATION!


BEST IN SHOW – “Suspended Service” (Nocturne)
by Debbie Mueller, Oil on panel, 11” x 14”, $615 CAD

A painting by Debbie Mueller of Durham, New Hampshire, “Suspended Service”, was named Best in Show at the 2020 Parrsboro International Plein Air festival today (June 28).

Mueller will receive a cash award of $1,500 CAD plus a half-page ad in Plein Air Magazine valued at US$2150.

Thirty artists from across North America participated in PIPAF in ISOLATION, which for the first time utilized an online-only format due to the COVID-19 pandemic instead of seeing the artists travel to Parrsboro, NS on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, home to the world’s highest tides and some of the most stunning scenery to be found anywhere.

In addition to Mueller’s win, judge Tom Forrestall named Diane Leifheit of Paul Smiths, NY as winner of the second-place award of $1,000 CAD for “Bog River Falls”, while the third-place prize of $750 went to Thomas Bucci of Washington, DC for “Caffe Pomeridiano”. The People’s Choice award of $500 went to Mueller for “Nubble Morning”.

The $300 prizes for Best Nocturne and Best Use of Light went to Wesley Lowe of Bridgewater, NS and Alison Menke of Clarksville, MD, respectively.

Honourable Mentions went to Oliver Hatton of Middle Lehave, NS, Sara Gray of Falmouth, ME, Douglas Williamson of Calgary, AB, Richard Sneary of Kansas City, MI and Henry Coe of Parkton, MD

The light is what made it (special). It stood right out,” judge Forrestall said of Muller’s Best in Show piece.

I’m beyond overwhelmed,” said Mueller. “In this year and this time, when so many have quit it was very brave and creative to do this virtual event.”

En plein air” is a French expression that means “in the open air” and describes the art of outdoor painting, capturing landscapes and views in natural light. It has been a popular practice for centuries and requires specific skills and techniques requires adaptability to a changing environment and a speed in applying painting techniques.

Parrsboro Creative has been hosting the event, the largest in Canada, since 2017. It’s part of the organization’s vision of developing the area’s cultural economy through the creation of a community of artists and artisans that will rejuvenate Parrsboro.

With pandemic-inspired travel restrictions in place, organizers determined to forge ahead anyway and devised the PIPAF in ISOLATION concept, which allowed arts enthusiasts to watch the artists at work in their home communities through videos and livestreaming, and to view and even buy the completed works, all online at Artist profiles, examples of their work, the awards ceremony and more are hosted on the website.

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Watch the Broadcast

Watch the Virtual Awards Ceremony with Judge, Tom Forrestall!

PIPAF in ISOLATION | Awards Segment with Tom Forrestall


PIPAF in ISOLATION Exhibition is available online!

PIPAF in ISOLATION Exhibition is available online!

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PIPAF in ISOLATION Exhibition can be viewed online! Vote for your favourite piece today!

PIPAF in ISOLATION Exhibition is available online!

Vote for your Favourite

Browse Now

Watch the Broadcast

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel to get instant notifications of new videos!


PIPAF in ISOLATION Exhibition and Awards Coming Up! JUNE 25-JULY 8

Watch out for some bonus clips before the exhibition is up on our website by June 25th.

Vote for your favourite pieces when the exhibition opens up on our Facebook Page.