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Mitchell Fenton Shortlisted in the Salt Spring Island National Art Prize!

an image of a person hanging a white sheet on a line

Mitchell Fenton, Studio Technician - First year/SCIN Studio, has been named a finalist in the shortlist for the Salt Spring Island National Art Prize!

The Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is a biennial competition and exhibition of Canadian visual art. The finalist exhibition is taking place on Salt Spring Island, BC from Sept 24 – Oct 25, 2021.  The intent of SSNAP is to advance public appreciation of Canadian visual art and encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity—resulting in significant work with visual impact and depth of meaning.  SSNAP was established in 2015 to recognize, showcase, and publicize the accomplishments of Canadian visual artists.

Mitchell Fenton attempted the "Quadruple Entendre" with this new painting "Russell."

His parents were born 100 years ago in small-town Alberta to families of cowboys, daredevils, entrepreneurs, and sharpshooters. His father was a history teacher, and his mother, an active feminist. One thing Mitchell learned early on in life on the prairies, was how to make the sheets smell nice, even in winter! Mitchell's entry to SSNAP is a painting of his son Russell. It is the first single in a new, upcoming album featuring cowboys (cowpersons) painted in the domestic genre.

You call see the SSNAP finalists' artwork on the website:

The work is for sale, and it is a competition. There are awards, including a People's Choice award - you can vote for your favourite piece online!