Judith Silverthorne

A multi-media artist, Judith Silverthorne is a producer of television documentaries, a freelance writer of magazine articles and screenplays, an author of biographies and children's novels, and a researcher of historical and current material. Her first biography on an early Saskatchewan potter was launched at an exhibition of the artist's work and then became the documentary drama RUPCHAN:Spirit of a Prairie Potter. Three years of research on woodworkers from around the turn of the century has culminated into a documentary, INGRAINED LEGACY, and a series of vignettes, entitled SPLINTERS. She also co-curated two art exhibitions in conjunction with the work. As well, a book on the subject is forthcoming.

Her novel, THE SECRET OF SENTINEL ROCK won the 'Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature', has been placed on the 'Our Choice' list for 1996/97 by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, and was also short listed for the 'Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People', and short listed for the 'Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing in Education'. It was also on the short list of the top ten children's books in Canada chosen by the Canadian Library Association. The book recently also has been optioned as a family movie of the week by Tri-Media Productions, and she has been hired to write the screenplay.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, she has lived mostly on the prairies, which is the inspiration for much of her material. She currently is producing a documentary on artist Roger Ing and his Utopia Café, which was a café/studio and gallery where a cross-section of people, including the cultural community gathered. She is mainly interested in people, both past and present and is at work on another non-fiction title, and a second children's novel.


First Visions: Artists Vignettes

1997, 11:30 minutes, colour, English