Yesterday the finalists for the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award were announced. The jury---selecting from four categories---literature, visual arts, music and theatre---made some fine choices. Who will take it? There's All Our Wonder Unavenged, Don Domanski's Governor General Award-winning poetry collection. The Colours of Citizen Arar, Garry Neill Kennedy's powerful wall-painting installation at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, which dealt with the realities of Maher Arar's torture in Syria through colour. God's Middle Name, the critically acclaimed theatre production about a mother dealing with an autistic child, created by Jennifer Overton, Scott Burke, Denyse Karn, Michael Doherty, Bruce MacLennan and Rejean Cournoyer. Then there's Tectonic Shift, John Little's incredible, giant forged stainless-steel sculpture for musical performance and Within Sight of Shore, Scott Macmillan's personal multi-instrument composition, dealing with the sinking of his father’s minesweeper during World War II.
Good luck selecting from that list. But there can only be one winner, and they will be announced at NSCAD University on November 25.