If you missed this, don’t miss next year! Talk of videotaping the event so as to capture the amazing stories of Award Recipients!
I’ve tried to include some online information about each of these amazing individuals – but wish I had taped their speeches!
Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival (portion of a play performed)
Jeff Spencer (vocal performance)
Also, an excerpt from one of the Valley Cat books was read and Chip Truscon did two brief historical character reenactments including one of Peter White
ARTS EDUCATOR AWARD: Wayne Hanmer
Wayne Hanmer is the conductor of the Marquette Male Chorus, one of his many music positions in the area. The choir was started in 1981 with a collaboration between Ellen Clement and Roger Wissler. Wayne became the director in 2003.
WRITER AWARD: Gretchen Preston for Valley Cats books.
Karin Neumann, NMU grad and illustrator of books read excerpt. http://www.prestonhillpress.com and http://www.superiorbookpromotions.com/superior_book_reviews/ValleyCats.html
Gretchen was a recent guest on the Authors Access live podcast. She shared her experience being a visually impaired author.
OUTSTANDING COMMUITY ARTS IMPACT AWARD:
Upper Peninsula Shakespeare Festival – Alstar Dimitrie & Jamie Weeder
ART BUSINESS HONOR ROLL: Second Skin Shop
Charitable side: Work with local dance instructors to help children and individuals who cannot afford dance lessons or clothes.
PERFORMING ARTIST AWARD: Jeff Spencer
Jeff started the non-profit VERTIGO Theatre Company, Inc. in Marquette in 2009. See the Facebook page.
Jeff graduated from Indiana university, Bloomington, in 1989 with a degree in Theatre/drama. while there, he appeared on the Mainstage in Macbeth, Little Shop of Horrors, Cloud Nine, The Misanthrope, and The Oresteia. He also did work in the black box setting, including roles in Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, and originating the role of Frank in The yoofo Club. Since moving to Marquette, and making his local debut in the PAAC’s Godspell, Jeff has become a staple of the Lake Superior Theatre stage, where he has appeared as Rutledge in 1776, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Moonface in Anything Goes, Bill in Keepers of the Light, and Bottom in AMidsummer Night’s Dream. He played the role of Howie in Vertigo’s debut production, Rabbit Hole, the title role in Macbeth, Jamie in The Last Five Years, and directed Fat Pig. Jeff serves on the First Nighter’s Club Advisory Board, the board for Lake Superior Theatre, and ended a six-year stint as the drama Club Advisor and director at Marquette Senior High School.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: Tom Lakenen
Article: Whimsical welder welcomes snowmobilers to his U.P. park – Lakenenland: The coolest unofficial rest stop in the Upper Peninsula http://www.freep.com/videos/news/columnists/john-carlisle/2015/03/02/24241551/
VISUAL ARTIST AWARD: Gordon Gearhart
Master Blacksmith artist and mentor who enjoys incorporating found metal objects in his amazing and often functional ironwork.
ARTS VOLUNTEER AWARD: Chip Truscon
Retired public health administrator, researcher, and professor. On Advisory Board of the Mining Action Group; a volunteer, grassroots effort to defend the clean water and wild places of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from the dangers of sulfide mining – previously known as Save the Wild U.P.
Chip did two brief historical character reenactments including one of Peter White at the Art Awards.
Article: One man thought he’d try to start a pond hockey league. And people who missed their childhood game started coming in droves. http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/02/24/grown-kids-take-sticks-pond-hockey/23953517/
ARTS ACTIVIST AWARD: Janeen & Richard Rastall
Poetry mentors and founders of the Marquette Poet’s Circle. https://poetrysocietyofmichigan.wordpress.com/local-poetry-groups-2/
YOUTH AWARD: Taylor Koski
Discovered her passion for theater and helps children in Superior Arts Youth Theater acting camp with choreography and more.