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Allen Sapp To Receive Merit Award

Allen Sapp, RCA, internationally known artist from North Battleford, is one of eight distinguished Saskatchewanians to be chosen as the first recipients of the Saskatchewan Award of Award of Merit.

He will be invested with the new provincial honor by Lieutenant Governor Frederick W. Johnson December 5 in Regina, along with Hilda Allen of Regina, along time theatrical director; Mildred Baldwin of Yorkton, a retired teacher and active volunteer; Dr. Jacob A. Brown, a professor of agricultural economics at the University of Saskatchewan; T.C. (Tommy) Douglas, former Premier of Saskatchewan; Dr. Frederick Gathercole of Saskatoon, retired educator; George Solomon, a prominent Regina businessman; and Dr. Phyllis Steele of Balcarres, a pioneering medical doctor and provincial coroner.

The eight recipients were chosen from 228 nominations across the province by a 12 person advisory council chaired by E.M. Culliton, a former Chief Justice of the province.

Paintings by Allen Sapp have been exhibited in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, Toron-

Allen Sapp To Receive Merit Award

to, Montreal and other centres in Canada, as well as in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and London, England. His paintings have been presented by the Government of Saskatchewan to Princess Margaret and by the Government of Canada to Governor General Schreyer on his retirement.

In 1975, Allen Sapp was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and "A Cree Life: The Art of Allen Sapp" was published in 1977.

He has been featured in numerous documentary films including a 1985 CBC production entitled "Four Prairie Artists". Sapp was born on the Red Pheasant Reserve. He has encouraged youngsters' artistic abilities in many schools in the area through demonstrations and talks on his work and lifestyle.

Sapp will receive a silver and enamel medal designed by Vic Sotropa manager of the federal government's Visual Identity Office. The medal is in the form of a stylized prairie lily on which is superimposed the provincial shield of arms surmounted by a crown. It is worn with a green and gold ribbon. He will also receive a lapel pin and scroll at the formal ceremony and dinner.

Reprinted with permission of the North Battleford News Optimist