Mayor’s Arts Awards set for June 8

Mayor Doug Scott will be the host for the 2004 Mayor’s Arts Awards to be held Tuesday, June 8, in the Coronado Theatre, 314 N. Main St. This year’s theme is “Reflecting Achievement,” presented by the Rockford Area Arts Council.

Event sponsors are Robert W. Baird & Co.; Basil Café and the Delectable Dining Group; John and Sue Brubaker; Richard Nordlof in memory of Jody Nordlof; and SwedishAmerican Center for Complementary Medicine.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the Mayor’s Reception featuring passed hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. The program begins at 6 p.m. with a video montage by Curt Johnsen. The audience will be treated by performance vignettes by violinist Dausika Middali accompanied on piano by Anne Olson, dancer Maria Castello and flutist Jacques Saint-Cyr, and the Womanspace Chorale Womansong, directed by Dorothy Paige-Turner.

Cost of the onstage dinner buffet at 7:30 is $35, with a $5 discount for Arts Council members. Once again, local artist Ingrid Neuhofer Dohm has executed an interior painting of the Coronado Theatre, which is being used on the invitation and will be silently auctioned throughout the evening.

Guest speaker will be Illinois art historian and Chicago venture capital executive Joel Dryer, who has lectured extensively throughout the Midwest on Illinois art and artists. He is the creator of the Illinois Historical Art Project and is currently authoring A History of Illinois Painters: 1850-1950, which features biographical information on more than 1,500 Illinois artists regarded primarily as painters. Dryer will speak on the topic “Art and the Cognitive Mind.”

Dryer is chairman and CEO of ChemSensing Inc., Chicago, and lives in Techny, Ill., with his family. He grew up in Rockford, graduated from Guilford High School, and is the son of renowned area artist and retired professor Suzanne Dryer-Kaufman.

Awards will be presented in six categories: Community Impact by a Corporation or Business, sponsored by Manpower; Exceptional Student, sponsored by Viking Chemical Company; Star Teacher, sponsored by Northern Public Radio; Creative Cultural Event, sponsored by The Gordy and Mary Ann Smith Charitable Foundation; Community Impact by an Individual Arts Advocate, sponsored by Adams Letter Services, Inc.; and Community Impact by an Individual Artist, sponsored by Associated Bank.

Nominees for 2004 Mayor’s Arts Awards

Individual Artist: Jeanne Coe, Thom Davis, Val Eddy (DeCastris), Charlotte Hackin, Kay Hotchkiss, Debra Jo Howard, Kevin Jensen, Jim Julin, joan e. kole, Mike Webb, Don Grant Zellmer.

Individual Arts Advocate: Herb Allen, Dr. Ellen Bueschel, Mati Frantz & Janice Westlund, Patricia Hayes, Jim Julin, Mike Megurdichian.

Star Teacher: Christy Andres, Jodi Lynn Beach, Tom Huber, Diane Rodway Knight, Mary Jean Kuchenmeister, Joel Ross, Beth Rydberg, Pam Short, Kenneth Stein.

Exceptional Student: John & Katie Bell, Anna Cowan, Lily Henley, Landon Lemoine, Abby Mohaupt, Phyllis Roman.

Corporation or Business: Bennie’s Cleaners, Main Street Financial Group, Marshall Field’s, Northern Public Radio WNIJ/WNIU.

Creative Cultural Event: “All City Theatre”—Rockford Public Schools; “Black Family Reunion Celebration”—the National Council of Negro Women; “Collaborative Community Workshop and Concert Weekend”—KANTOREI, The Singing Boys of Rockford & Cantus; Fiddler on the Roof—Boylan High School Players; “Fiesta Hispana”—Fiesta Hispana; “The Healing Arts”—Janet Wattles Center & ArtSpace Gallery/AIDS Care Network; “International Music Festival”—Ethnic Heritage Museum; “It’s a Fiber Thing!”—North End Commons Business District; “Jazz Legends of Rockford IV: The Next Generation”—Mendelssohn Club; A Midsummer Night’s Dream—Rockford Dance Company; “Reach for the Arts”—Womanspace; “Second Annual Youth Honors Band”—The Rockford Wind Ensemble SP Hear Saxophone Quartet; “Starlight Theatre Opening Gala”—Rock Valley College; “Tapestry of Life”—the Natural Land Institute and the Northwest Chicagoland Regional Airport at Rockford; “Twentieth Anniversary Opening”—317 Market Street Galleries/Studios; “UnCommon Lives: Extraordinary Women in the Arts 2004”—Rockford College; “Wind Ensemble Gems Concert”—Rockford Wind Ensemble.

Tickets may be purchased at the Arts Council, 713 E. State St., or call (815) 963-6765.

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