Hannah Emmett, a local Nova Scotian artist, entered a portrait illustration in the MacGillivray Law Protest Art Contest in Spring 2018, honouring Viola Desmond. For those of you who don’t know, Viola Desmond was a businesswoman from Halifax, Nova Scotia, who saw a need to take a stand for her community and protest injustice and racism.
Recently, the Roseland Theatre, where Viola took her monumental act of protest by sitting in the “whites only” section as a black woman, was acquired by Jamie MacGillivray, who is the founder of MacGillivray Injury and Insurance Law. He is investing in restoring this historic building in hopes that, once complete, the restored building will enrich the local community, therefore bringing the New Glasgow community closer. The contest is open to all ages and offers $20,000 in awards; Hannah is eligible for two categories of the contest, and she, and I, would really appreciate your votes — she has the potential to win up to $2,500 and have her art permanently on the site of this revitalized historical building. Please support her!
Her piece is called ‘Celebrating Viola Desmond’ and it is an artwork that does just that. This portrait of Viola is filled with colours of bravery, strength, goodness, and love. The Clarion newspaper covered the event and the actual article has been cut and pasted throughout the piece so that the story and its relevance can continue to live on.
How to vote:
-go to Hannah Emmett’s direct link: http://lp.macgillivraylaw.com/protestart/?contest-search=hannah%20emmett
-hover over the image you see and click the yellow “VOTE” button that pops up.
-you will be taken to a new screen where you need to click the orange “VOTE” button.
-simple as that!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and to vote and, hopefully, to share this around with anyone who may be interested.