Every two years, MERA (McDonalds Corners/Elphin Recreation & Arts) recognizes a local artist with the MERA Award of Excellence in the Fine Arts and Fine Crafts. The award is worth $1000, and they are still seeking applicants for this year!
The winner is chosen on the basis of their artwork. Eligible artists must submit their applications by January 31, be citizens or permanent residents of Canada, and live in the Township of Lanark Highlands, Tay Valley, Drummond/North Elmsley, Central Frontenac, North Frontenac or the Town of Perth.
For more information and applications forms, please visit their website. Past winners include weaver Ellen Good, potter Anne Chambers, and ceramic artist Susie Osler (whose work is featured here).
MERA is a non-profit community arts organization. This award is funded in large part by the generous donation to the Perth and District Community Foundation (PDCF) made by Chris and David Dodge, who conceived the Award.