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The Peninsula Arts Council's annual Diamond Awards recognize artistic achievement in San Mateo County in nine categories. Of more than 60 nominations received through an open call for nominations, Peninsula Arts Council and guest judges had the daunting task of narrowing down the finalists and selecting the final recipients.
This year’s impressive roster of honorees includes:
Music for Minors, Arts Organization
Dr. Bryan Baker, Individual Artist
Sean Traynor, Ray Lorenzato Young Artist
Amanda Odasz, Ray Lorenzato Young Artist
Barbara Pierce, Arts Volunteer
Maureen McVerry, Arts Educator
Eric & Lori Lochtefeld, Fox Theatre, Local Business Support
Coastside Doctors Without Borders Fundraiser, Judi Shintani, Donor Support
Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, Government Support and
Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Special Recognition
Koodrin is being honored for her work with the San Mateo County Fair’s literary stage, which features free writing workshops, readings, and an annual Author Book Day with over 30 local writers autographing their work for fairgoers.
Carry the Light, the region’s first trade book of the fair contest entrants’ short stories, essays, and poems was published in 2012 by Sand Hill Review Press, available on Amazon.com.
These 10 new honorees will join a roster of over 100 artists and organizations who have received this prestigious award over the event’s 10-year history. Previous notable honorees have included Neil and Pegi Young, Troy Paiva, Jackie Speier, Nathan Chan, Mitchell Sardou Klein and Albert Guibara, all outstanding representatives of San Mateo County’s flourishing arts culture.
“These awards are about recognizing all aspects of our arts eco system and showcasing the individuals and organizations who advance the arts in San Mateo County,” notes Julie Fellers, President of Peninsula Arts Council. “We know that all who attend the Diamond Awards will come away with a renewed admiration for our community members and be inspired by the creative work that is being done here.”
Koodrin met Sean Traynor, winner of the Ray Lorenzato Young Artist category, when he won a number of the fair’s literary contests in 2009, including a Best of Show when he was just fifteen. He went on to win the fair’s 2012 $20,000 Creative Writing Scholarship sponsored by Notre Dame De Namur University.
Another San Bruno resident, Irene K. O’Connell, a San Bruno City Councilwoman, also won a PAC Diamond Award in 2004 for her ongoing support of the arts.
Peninsula Arts Council will present the 11th Annual Diamond Awards, San Mateo County’s Arts Hall of Fame on Friday evening, January 25, 2013, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos. The celebratory evening includes a hors d’oeuvres reception, no-host cocktails, silent auction, entertainment and awards presentation.
The event is open to the public and tickets are available at www.peninsulaartscouncil.org. The $25 ticket price includes all Hiller Aviation Museum exhibits.