For a complete list of awards, finalists and winners, visit the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council website at http://creative.novascotia.ca/annual-awards and www.nsmasterworks.ca . Two Nova Scotian artists received prestigious awards at an event celebrating artistic excellence in Nova Scotia. Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, presented Thom Fitzgerald with the Portia White Prize at the seventh annual Creative Nova Scotia Awards held on Friday, Oct. 26 at the Brewery Market in Halifax. The theme this year was Art. Awards. Celebration. The Portia White Prize, valued at $18,000, promotes excellence, innovation and expression in the arts and is selected by an independent jury of artists who review nominations. The winner also names an emerging Nova Scotia artist or cultural organization for the Protégé Prize worth $7,000. Mr. Fitzgerald named the Fringe Festival as his protégé. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award to Kim Morgan for her life-size model of the range light at Borden-Carleton, P.E.I. Selected by an external jury and first presented in 2006, the $25,000 annual award recognizes, rewards and encourages excellence in all creative media, and highlights works that have a strong connection to Nova Scotia in the context of national and international achievement. “Our communities are better places to live because of the contributions of our artists,” said Mr. Preyra. “It was a pleasure to see the talent we have in this province in a variety of disciplines, all contributing to the creative economy of Nova Scotia.” Along with the award presentations, the event featured a viewing of nine art installations. “This annual event raises the profile of arts and culture in this province and celebrates Nova Scotia’s vibrant arts and culture community,” said Ron Bourgeois, chair of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council. Other awards winners that had already been announced are: Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award, supporting the integration of arts and culture into community life: Christmas Island, $10,000 Prix Grand-Pré Award, recognizing Nova Scotia’s creative and interpretive artists reflecting Acadian cultural values: Germaine Comeau, $2,000 Established Artist Recognition Award, recognizing mid-career, established professional artists: Ami Mackay, Michael Melski, Otis Tomas, Sarah Maloney and Shimon Walt, $5,000 each.