Over the years, I’ve been given some wonderful awards, all of which I am extremely proud to have received.
The one I received on the 4th of November was especially meaningful, as it was not only a recognition of the work I have done, but a sincere and joyful welcome home. I have come back to North Vancouver, to the place I grew up; the same neighbourhood where some of my elementary school friends still live. I settled in to a place where everything was familiar, but I had stayed away from galleries and from the venues where I knew I’d meet the artists in the community. I just didn’t know how I’d fit in.
Pictured: Mayor Richard Walton, District of North Vancouver, Lynn, Councillor Mary Ann Booth, representing West Vancouver, Mayor Darryl Mousatto, of the City of North Vancouver.
I didn’t go to them, but the artists have found me. Not only have they embraced the work I do as being art, they have opened their doors to my friendship as well. For this I am humbled, honoured, and most grateful.
The ‘place to be’ for anyone with a passion for the arts, our annual awards gala recognizes and honours distinguished North Shore artists, provides funding support to local artists, and fund raises to sustain the Fund for the Arts on the North Shore (FANS) and its continuing support for the creative community.
The 2016 Tribute to the Arts will shine a spotlight on the outstanding cultural and creative achievements of two deserving artists; acclaimed dancer Jennifer Mascall, and writer/animator Lynn Johnston of For Better or Worse comic strip fame.
Griffin Art Projects is located at 1174 Welch Street, North Vancouver (east of Pemberton Ave.) Friday, November 04, 2016, 7-10 pm