Blackmore wins 2009 Graham memorial award

The Arts Council here has announced the 2009 Jane Graham mem­orial award goes to Fergus figurative painter and teacher Meredith Blackmore. 

Blackmore submitted her application as a request for as­sistance that would allow her to work in depth with live models to expand her figurative prac­tice.

In particular, she wants to “realize the narrative or ‘story­telling’ possibilities” of models in chosen poses as opposed to the academic study of the figure or working from photo­graphs for commissioned por­traits.

The jury was impressed with her desire to challenge her­self and to take her painting to a new level.

For 2009, the jury panel also decided upon a special mention award to Guelph painter and graphic designer Jay Lefler.

An active parti­cipant in the Spark of Brilliance program, he has planned a field trip to study Canadian art and architecture, with the intent of developing a new direction and style of work based on interpreting external images.

Established in memory of local artist Jane Graham foll­owing her death in 2005, the council’s memorial fund is man­aged by the Guelph Com­munity Foundation.

As a result, Guelph Arts Council is an­nually able to assist visual artists residing and actively prac­tising in Guelph or Well­ington County, helping them to pursue professional develop­ment opportunities that will contribute to individual per­sonal artistic growth.