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Salt Spring National Art Prize

Funding and Grants Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

The intent of the Salt Spring National Art Prize (SSNAP) is to encourage artists whose practice demonstrates originality, quality, integrity and creativity, resulting in significant work with a real visual impact and depth of meaning. This exciting endeavour is an initiative of the Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC), which represents the arts for Salt Spring Island.


Mona Youssef

Visual Art Ontario

Mona Youssef is a Canadian fine artist with passion for art since childhood and Egyptian background. Her first oil painting was sold at age of 12. She exhibited her artwork locally, nationally & internationally and received numerous awards, in Canada, Germany and Austria (First & Second Place Awards, Honorable Mention Awards, and Viewers’ Choice Awards & Certificate of Excellence. Mona’s profile was published in “Who’s is who in Visual Art”, Germany 2008-2009 &2010 -20011, Florence Biennale Catalog 2007, Chianciano Biennale Catalog, Italy 2009, Ferrara landscape posters, Italy 2005., “Gallery & Studio” magazine (The world of the Working Artist) NYC 2005, “Chamber of Commerce Courier”2007, Canada “The sounds of art” Denmark, Copenhagen 2009, and a Feature artist in “Arteast Newsletter”, “Gloucester Art Council” & “Ottawa Art Association”, 2001 & 2005, Canada. “Art Shopping” Catalog, Carousal Du Louvre, Paris 2010,“World-of-Art” Catalog, Berlin, Germany, 2010 and Toronto Star News Papers, Canada 1982. Her exhibitions history started in 1966 during schooling and received Honor Award Certificate 1967 from the Prime minister of the high education in Cairo, Egypt during my high school. In 1982, Mona was commissioned to produce an oil painting of the “Canadian Constitution Act” which was presented to the then Prime Minister of Canada Mr. P. E. Trudeau 1982. 1999, she had the privilege to receive a thank you letter from Mr. Trudeau expressing how proud he was to hang that beautiful painting in his home.
Mrs. Youssef has a B.F.A Bachelor of Fine Arts (measured in Interior and Exterior designs), Commercial Arts Diploma, Certificate of Achievement in Digital Media and Diploma Desktop Publishing with Honor Award. As well, I have an Art Jury member of several international art exhibitions”


Kingston, Ontario


Linda Turner: An Artistic Journey

Visual Art Ontario

Breathtaking images of horses, wildlife,cats, dogs and whatever catches my eye. Exploring the relationship between humans and what we call pets. Working animals such as horses that endure so much for our approval. Pets that ask so little but to be close to us. What we see in the eyes of these creatures is as close to heaven as most of us will ever get.


1438 Highway 511
RR#1 Balderson Ontario
K0G 1A0


MES Michael Squires

Visual Art International

AUTOBLOG: Digitalist Artist. Bachelor of Arts degree from Kent State University with concentration in philosophy of art (1981). First art portfolio presentation at The Cleveland Institute of Art (2003). Attended coursework in videography, at The Corcoran in Washington, D.C. (2006). Founded “Digitalistic Art” (2006/2007). Established “The Aesthetic Consortium” (2007), an ongoing project for Digitalist artists and artworks. Major works include “Existence Is The Nihilist’s Foe,” “The Flats,” “MESart,” and “DigitalCanada.”
My interests are aesthetically from a Digital perspective in the creation and display of my art. Finding new media to present/channel my art is both the challenge and the objective overall.

101 Old Oak Place
Thurmont, Maryland
21788-1853 USA