St. Andrews resident, Matt Watkins has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation “Nel Oudemans Award” recognizing the pursuit of excellence in the field of fine craft and design by emerging New Brunswick artisans. An an artist and goldsmith, Mr. Watkins draws inspiration from New Brunswick landscape and exhibits exceptional craftsmanship, design skill and distinctive vision in his work. He is an entrepreneur who owns and operates Symbiosis Fine Art Gallery and Earthforge Jewellery in Saint Andrews. He is an instructor at Sunbury Shores Arts and Nature Centre.

Mr. Watkins will be presented with the award on January 26th at the opening reception of Beneath the Surface, an exhibition at New Brunswick Musuem – 5-7 pm.

The SHMF is grateful for the recommendations of Maegen Black, Director of the Canadian Crafts Federation, Claire Shiplett, Executive Director of Sunbury Shores and Kristyn Cooper, Jewellery / Metal Arts Studio Head, New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.