Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Michael Hosaluk finalist for 2005 Saidye Bronfman Award

Michael Hosaluk, an internationally known woodturner from Saskatoon, Canada, is one of five finalists for the prestigous 2005 Saidye Bronfman Award. This is Canada's highest distinction for excellence in the fine crafts. The $25,000 annual award is one of the largest individual arts prizes in Canada. In addition to the cash prize, works by the recipient are acquired by the Canadian Museum of Civilization for its permanent collection.

Should Michael win this award, he will be the first woodturner to do so. In the past it has been won by wood carver William Hazzard in 1984, and furniture makers Michael Fortune in 1993 and Peter Fleming in 2000.

Michael's work can be seen in galleries such as Del Mano and Tercera. A retrospective exhibition of his innovative and inspirational woodwork can be seen at Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery, October 20– December 4, 2005

He is also the author of a book published in 2002 by Guild Publishing, titled Scratching the Surface: Art and Content in Contemporary Wood.

The winner will be announced on Thursday, September 29, 2005. Good luck to Michael! It will be a great day for Canadian woodturning should he win.

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