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The Robert G. Kemp Arts Award

24th Annual Robert G. Kemp Award Winner is
The Magic of Children in the Arts

In the photo are, in no particular order, Lory MacDonald, Roberta Robbins, Al Hearn, Susan Charles, Jennifer Campbell, Lynn Hubbs, Pat McCrindle, Barbara Kemp, and Yvonne Gibson.

The BMFA is pleased to announce that the MAGIC of CHILDREN in the ARTS, is the 25th recipient of the ROBERT G KEMP ARTS AWARD for 2017.

The selected project will use the $5000.00 cash prize to hire a young arts administrator to work alongside Lory MacDonald and the talented board of directors, to continue to encourage children to create, exhibit and celebrate art.

The Magic of Children has grown over the past 24 years to host the largest children's art exhibition in Canada (1200 works displayed). It is presently coordinated by 35 volunteers.

Hiring someone for this position will give the organization an opportunity to grow with new features and a sustainable administrative structure.

The Award was created in 1989 from the KEMP TRUST FUND administered by the BMFA to encourage and/or recognize the artistic and creative skills of an individual or group residing in the Southern Bay area. Each applicant submits a project proposal that will benefit our community.

A formal presentation will be made immediately following the BMFA AGM, which will be held on October 26th at 7:00pm in the Arts Centre.

For more information contact admin@bmfa.ca

About Robert G. Kemp

Robert G. Kemp was a well known and loved artist in the Georgian Triangle from the time he first built his chalet-studio in 1958 to the time of his death in 1988. From the book Robert G. Kemp’s Paintings and Drawings of Rural Ontario (published by the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts) we learned that: “It is no slight to be labeled a regional artist. Some of the finest painters of all time have stayed in their own backyards and made detailed studies of the changes in light and changes in the seasons. Kemp’s 25 year love affair with the people and landscapes of this area continues on today with the legacy of the Robert G. Kemp Arts Award.”

The Robert G. Kemp award was created by the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts in recognition of Kemp’s special contribution to the communities that surround the Blue Mountain. The $5000 Award is intended to provide encouragement or recognition for artistic development and is open to any individual or group residing in the Georgian Triangle whose project will provide a benefit to the community.

Previous Award Winners:

1990 Willi Wildman
1991 Jody Geddes
1992 Christopher Ralph
1993 Jerry Prager
1994 Celebration Children’s Choir
1995 Jennifer Nichols
1996 Rachel Prince
1997 L.E. Shore Library
1998 Not Awarded
1999 Fleetwood Dancentre
2000 Jane Cooper-Wilson
2001 Friends of the Mad River
2002 Samantha Gorrie
2003 ARTWORK Group
2004 Kerry Garvey/John McIntyre
2005 Not Awarded
2006 Jason MacLaren
2007 Keli-Ann Pye Beshara
2008 Not Awarded
2009 Edward Seh Taylor
2010 Madeline Haney
2011 Store 54
2012 Arylie MacEachern
2013 Gaslight Tours
2014 Sara Sniderhan
2015 Julia White
2016 Andrea Renaldo