Today, Lloyd and I, as well as Jenn's husband, Anders, and the two oldest of their five sons, were with her at the beautiful Government House when she, along with seven other artists of various types, was presented with the Lieutenant Governors Award for Emerging Artists.
This award is presented every two years to eight artists who are at the beginning of their career as an acknowledgement of their talent and an inspiration to help them continue. It consists of a special medal engraved with their name as well as a very sizable cheque. Not to mention the prestige and boost just having this award gives them. In describing Jenny's work, the adjudicators said:
"Her writing is extraordinarily strong, powerfully handled, and evidence of a rarely encountered original voice." - Adjudicators
It was such a wonderful event. Government house is so grand and elegant, yet the event was personal and warm. The award was presented by its patron, His Honour, Colonel (Retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, OC OMM AOE MSC CD LLD, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta. (I looked it up to make sure I got the title right). Although a formal event, this lovely man and his wife were gracious, kind and pleasant to speak with. His Honour, in handing out the awards, had something humorous to say to everyone.
But it was our Jenny who uttered the quote of the day that had everyone laughing. As he was presenting the award, His Honour said to her, "With all the writing you do how did you find time to have so many children?" Jenn grinned and said, "Oh, they were just thrust upon me".
|In European fashion each of the female recipients was given the two cheek kiss.|
|Facing the official media photographers, and me.|
The Lieutenant Governor and his wife were available for official (and unofficial) photos on the patio and a kind guest (who I later learned is a professional photographer) offered to take a photo with my camera so I could be included in it. He must have found my Canon Rebel Ti3 a far cry from his equipment.
|Their Honours with the eight award recipients|
|The Honourable Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Ethell|
Me, Anders, Jonah, Jenny, Sam and Lloyd