Renowned artist Yvette Moore, formerly of Radville and now of Moose Jaw, received one of the province’s highest honours, the Order of Merit, on May 13 in a ceremony in Regina.
Saskatchewan’s Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield announced a list of 10 recipients for 2015 for the province’s highest honour in its 30th year.
“Like those invested into the Saskatchewan Order of Merit over the past three decades, this year’s recipients are individuals of uncommon achievement, generosity and vision. I congratulate them on this well-deserved honour and I thank them for their extraordinary contributions to our province,” said Solomon Schofield.
Among the recipients was also former premier Lorne Calvert, and Maestro Victor Sawa of the Regina Symphony Orchestra.
Yvette Moore is recognized as an artist, illustrator and gallery owner, as well as a successful business woman and community leader in Moose Jaw.
She developed a love of the Prairies while growing up on her family’s farm at Radville and her passion for the grasslands comes through in her detailed paintings and illustrations.
She first gained fame along with Weyburn children’s author, Joanne Bannatyne Cugnet, for illustrating the books, “A Prairie Alphabet”, “A Prairie Year” and “Heartland: A Prairie Sampler”, which have been reprinted and are nationally and internationally renowned. She was awarded the Mr. Christie Award for Best Illustrations in Canadian Children’s Literature in 1993.
She owns and operates the Yvette Moore Gallery of Fine Arts and the Gallery Cafe, which presents her own work, and also highlights the work of other artists and craftspeople from Saskatchewan.
She has served on numerous boards in Moose Jaw, and also served as the Honourary Colonel of 15 Wing Moose Jaw from 2007 to 2012.
Other awards she has received include the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, the Saskatchewan Women’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2005, the Saskatchewan Tourism Award for Creative Excellence in 2004, the Moose Jaw Citizen of the Year in 1999, and the Moose Jaw Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year in 2013.
She was also the featured artist at the Calgary Stampede in 2008.
She currently lives in Moose Jaw, and has four children and seven grandchildren.
The Order of Merit was established in 1985, and is a prestigious recognition of excellence, achievement and contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of the province and its people. The Order acknowledges individuals who have made their mark in the arts, agriculture, business, industry, community leadership, occupations, professional, public service, research and volunteer service.