Mayor's Awards for the Arts announced

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) The awards went to artists, educators, business leadership, and volunteers.

    Artist Lily Hope, Greg Burger and Mary DeSmet of Full Circle Music, Sherry Patterson of the Juneau Black Awareness Association, Beth, Ken and Tom Melville and Capital Copy, Collette Costa, and Linda Kruger and Jeff Gnass, are the recipients this year.

    Hope, an award winning weaver, is a Tlingit Indian of the Raven Moiety.  Her first Ravenstail ensemble, a collaboration with Clarissa Rizal, Copper Child, had a run of exhibits and shows and won the Sealaska Heritage Institute's Juried Art Show in 2012.

    DeSmet and Burger have offered private music instruction in Juneau for over 40 years and formed Full Circle Music as a full time studio in 1992.

    Patterson coordinators the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King observance and is co-chair of the Juneau's Bridge Builders group that works towards creating a safer, friendlier city through a community of friends among all racial and cultural groups in Juneau.  She also helps the annual gospel choir workshops and celebrations.

    Beth, Ken and Tom Melville have assisted with publishing, review of print jobs, and corrections.  They also offer suggestions on how to improve visual quality and effective communication of information to audiences.

    Kruger and Gnass were honored for volunteer work on productions and for regularly serving as ushers.  They are also generous patrons of the arts.  Kruger recently became a Groundbreaker for the new JACC.  She works as a social scientist with the US Forest Service in Juneau.  Gnass is a freelance photographer who specialized in scenic, natural history and travel photography.

    The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Mayor's Awards for the arts highlight the contributions and achievements made by exceptional people who help make Juneau a remarkable place to live. 

    The 11th annual Mayors Awards will be presented at the Summer Block Party Finales on Friday, August 17th at 5:30 pm at Centennial Hall.  The event is free and open to the public.

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