March 26, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Tim Isaac, a New Brunswick potter, has been chosen by Efficiency NB to create original works of pottery to be presented to recipients of the Premier's Awards for Energy Efficiency. The awards will be presented for the first time on Monday, May 25, in Fredericton.
Efficiency NB worked with Handworks Gallery in Saint John to seek creative submissions. The agency selected Isaac's work because of its uniqueness and its reflection of the diverse New Brunswick landscape.
"We considered a number of beautiful and unique submissions, but we kept coming back to Tim's work," said Elizabeth Weir, president and chief executive officer of Efficiency NB. "I am sure that the awards recipients will treasure the piece and appreciate its significance.
"We also felt very strongly that the creative work of a New Brunswick artist should be incorporated into the premier's award program because New Brunswick is the first province to recognize achievements in energy efficiency in this way."
Isaac creates his pottery in the tradition of Raku, a dramatic technique directly relying on artist's intuition and skill in the firing process. His work is inspired by the rugged landscape and textures that surround him on the coast of New Brunswick where he lives and works.
"I am honoured to have been chosen to create the works of pottery for the Premier's Awards for Energy Efficiency," said Isaac. "I am also pleased that Premier Shawn Graham is showing his support for New Brunswick artists with this special commission. I value innovation and creativity.
"Reducing energy consumption, and thus reducing our impact on the environment, requires creative solutions and effort from all of us. I'm very happy to be making the awards given to the people who will inspire us all to work toward greater energy efficiency."
Nominations for the awards are open until Wednesday, April 15. Residents and members of the business community are encouraged to nominate their peers, businesses or communities for one of seven awards. Information on the awards and nomination process is available at www.efficiencynb.ca/premiersawards.
MEDIA CONTACT: Tracey Somers, communications, Efficiency NB, 506-643-2860, e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.