Visual artist Wayne Boucher haswon the $25,000 Portia White Prize.

Boucher, an abstract painter from Annapolis Royal, picked up his award at aceremony Thursday night in Pictou for arts and culture groups across Nova Scotia. The gala was the culmination of a day-long conferencecalled Creative Nova Scotia.

"It's a great honour, he said. "The past recipients and all the finalists, it's just a great complement to the Portia White legacy."

The Portia White Prize, named after the contralto singer, is awarded every year to an artist who has made a significant contribution tocultural life in Nova Scotia.

Architects honoured for children's theatre

The new Masterwork Award was also presentedat the galato a team of architects from Dalhousie University for their design of a permanent outdoor children's theatre in Cheticamp.

"The recognition is wonderful," said Ted Cavanagh,speaking for the group. "The level of competition here, it was pretty phenomenal."

The award, worth $25,000, was created by former provincial lieutenant governor Myra Freeman to recognize a single work of art or performance art for its excellence.

Cavanagh said the prize money will go toward the theatre's upkeep, and his group plans to continue working with the theatre community in Cheticamp.

The team includedCavanagh, Richard Kroeker, Roger Mullin, Alden Neufeld and 23 students from thefaculty of architectureat Dalhousie University.