2015 Suncor Energy Foundation Walter F. Petryschuk Arts Award at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? by Emma Crossland
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? by Emma Crossland

There was stiff competition for the 2015 Suncor Energy Foundation Walter F. Petryschuk Arts Award established through The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. Lambton-Kent high school students entering their first year of a post-secondary program with a focus on visual, literary or performing arts had the opportunity to apply.

Entrants, this year, from our area are going to diverse schools: Lambton College, Ontario College of Art and Design, Algonquin College and Sheridan College. They will be studying diverse subjects such as animation, illustration and concept art, digital photography, and painting. There are plans to become an art teacher.

Because the applications this year were all related to the visual arts, the judges selected are all practicing visual artists: Mary Groombridge, Peg Kivi and Lynne Kenneith Brogden. Mary and Peg are retired art teachers and Lynne Kenneith, a retired art dealer. They agreed unanimously that Emma Crossland, who had attended Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, shall be awarded the $2,500.00 to go toward her education. She has been accepted into Sheridan College’s prestigious Bachelor of Animation program. She hopes to work in the animated film industry. Emma submitted a large coloured pencil drawing, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf” featuring a young woman in a red hood inside a wolf skin coat among a simply illustrated forest and an acrylic painting, “Plant Life”, depicting references to industrial plant objects growing in a landscape.

Plant Life by Emma Crossland
Plant Life by Emma Crossland

The award will be presented tonight at 7 pm at The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 127 Christina St., S. Walter F. Petryschuk was the first Chairman of the first Board of The Lawrence House Centre of the Arts. He is an engineer and worked for Suncor. It was upon his retirement that this arts award was established through The Suncor Energy Foundation. The community is richer through the generosity and support of its industry. The opportunity to try for this award is open to all graduating students in Lambton-Kent. This year’s jurors wish to congratulate all the applicants and wish them well in their artistic paths. The jury had a tough decision to select one winner as the competition was tough.