Blacksmith wins Portia White Prize at Creative Nova Scotia Awards gala

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Blacksmith and sculptor John Little and Mi'kmaq artist Ursula Johnson were the big winners at the 14th annual Creative Nova Scotia Awards Gala held Saturday in Halifax.

Little, of East Dover, N.S., received the $25,000 Portia White Prize, which recognizes cultural and artistic excellence.

The prize includes $18,000 to the artist and a $7,000 protege prize to be donated to an emerging artist or a supportive institution, which Little awarded to the Halifax Music Co-op.

Johnson, of Eskasoni, N.S., won the $25,000 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for her work entitled Moose Fence.

The gala is held by Arts Nova Scotia and the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council.

Awards worth $95,000 were announced at the event.