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Brenda Schmidt Nominated for Saskatchewan Artist Award at the Lieutenant Governor's Arts Awards

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Filed under: Awards

Brenda Schmidt, naturalist and author (Grid, Cantos from Wolverine Creek - Hagios Press) from Creighton, Saskatchewan was recently nominated for the prestigious Saskatchewan Artist Award at the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards, administered by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

The Saskatchewan Artist Award is presented to; an established professional Saskatchewan artist who is at mid-career and who has produced a significant body of work; is making a sustained and progressive contribution to the art form…”

“The nomination means a lot,” said Schmidt. “Mostly I feel incredibly lucky. My nomination has been a great lesson in community. To think a group of my peers went out of their way to nominate me, and to solicit letters of support from other artists! Letters of support were written. These are acts of generosity. It's a great reminder to me to be sure to do my part in the arts community.”

Though life in northern Saskatchewan is somewhat isolated from most of the province’s writing community, Schmidt maintains connections with the community through her writing, and her support of other writers via internet and social media.

“During the SWG mentorship program, my mentor, Gerald Hill, helped me address the distance and find ways into the literary community, that work with where, and how I live,” said Schmidt. “I've met writers and artists from all over, many of whom contribute to various communities and set great examples. My publishers, the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and the Canada Council for the Arts have played huge roles in this as well. And the internet is a wonderful tool. Blogs and social media have greatly increased my opportunities to connect, exchange ideas and become more involved.”

Paul Wilson of Hagios Press, publisher of Schmidt’s last two poetry books, was delighted to hear news of the nomination. “Brenda is very deserving of this nomination. She has written with such clarity and strength of both our precious northern eco-system and the prairies. She has contributed so much through her visionary writing about northern Saskatchewan. In many ways, Brenda Schmidt’s poetry is essential to our understanding of who we are in this vast, beautiful and man-altered landscape.”

Recipients of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Arts Awards were  announced at the awards gala in September at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina.

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