MVAC, Lachlan Neville recognized at Arts of Celebration event

June 3, 2024, 11:14 am
Kara Kinna

Lachlan Neville was recognized in the Aspiring Youth Artists Category, and the Moosomin Visual Arts Centre was recognized in the Organizations, Festivals and Collections category at the Arts of Celebration event hosted by Sask Arts in Regina on May 27.

The Moosomin Visual Arts Centre and Rocanville singer/songwriter Lachlan Neville were both recognized on Monday, May 27 at the Arts of Celebration event hosted by Sask Arts at Darke Hall in Regina.

The event recognizes and celebrates Saskatchewan artists and arts organizations, taking nominations under various categories. More than 70 artists and arts organizations were at the event on May 27.

Lachlan Neville was recognized under the Aspiring Youth Artists category.

“Lachlan has become, in his short 18 years, an accomplished songwriter, singer and versatile musician. He is recording his first album after being signed to Blake Berglund’s label, Western Seer. Since high school graduation, he has performed with Blake, JJ Voss and Belle Plaine,” said Melanie Graven in her nomination statement for Neville.

The Moosomin Visual Arts Centre was recognized under the Organizations, Festivals and Collections category.

“This group of artists has joined forces and, against the odds, had a vision of arts representation in our community, and they had the fortitude and perseverance to create a new center designed to strengthen and grow the arts community. The hours the key players have invested have been immense!” read the nomination by Jen Grant for the event.

Terry Grant with the Moosomin Visual Arts Centre says the event was a gala-style event that started with mingling and then moved into a formal presentation that recognized each of the artists and organizations in their respective categories.

He says it was nice to see MVAC and Lachlan Neville recognized at the event.

“It was very cool,” he says. “We think that we are doing something important and valuable to our community, but it’s kind of cool to be surrounded by people who also recognize that all those contributions that everyone is making are valuable. I think that’s a challenge sometimes to recognize the value that the arts brings to a community.

“There are a lot of people working hard doing the same things that we are doing, trying to recognize the importance of thearts. Not that we thought we were along, but it really makes it clear that’s not the case when you are in a big room full of people all celebrating those efforts.

“It felt really nice to run into people who we know or have met or have gotten to know through Southeast District and through OSAC and CARFAC and all those different organizations that we have had involvement with.”