Photo: Andrew McMurtrie Debi West, left, and Barbara McGuire, right, call the silent auction winners during the start of the ArtWorks! Gwinnett Awards ceremony Monday at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth. The event, named Fusion: 1st annual ArtWorks! Gwinnett Awards, celebrated the full array of arts and creativity in Gwinnett.
Vision Award: Margaret Parsons Andrews
Lifetime Achievement Award: Ann Parsons Odum, Barbara Howard and Cynthia Sutt
Corporate Arts Citizen of the Year - Indivdual: Theresa Bullock and Karen Fine Saltiel
Corporate Arts Citizen of the Year - Corporation: Chocolate Perks, Gwinnett Daily Post and Primerica Foundation
Arts Volunteer of the Year: Holley Calmes
Artist: Vickie Johnson, visual artist
Arts Educator: Robert Andrews, Gwinnett County Schools
Arts Ensemble: OTC Comedy Troupe
Arts Presenter: Aurora Theatre
Creative Business: Accent South Media
Arts Partnership: Barefoot in the Park and Various Artists and Community Partner
Community Arts Program: Gwinnett Public Library and Suwanee SculpTour
Arts Leader: Teresa Osborn, Hudgens Center for the Arts
DULUTH -- More than 200 of Gwinnett County's art community braved the chilly, foggy night for ArtWorks! Gwinnett's first awards ceremony at the Hudgens Center for the Arts on Monday evening.
It was a night to celebrate everyone and everything in the art community across the county and plenty of people went home with a certificate and one of a kind piece of art.
"I couldn't be happier about (Monday) night's awards," ArtWorks! Executive Director Sally Corbett said. "I think that we had a great cross-section of art disciplines represented and we had many generations of the arts come together."
During the ceremony, Vince "The Voice" Bailey emceed while local artists gave performances, like Duluth's Zephyr Instrumental, poet Max K. Grimm, North Gwinnett High School dancer Christina Leamon and dancers of the Malaysian Association of Georgia.
There were numerous nominations across 11 areas, including Creative Business, Community Art Program and Art Presenter. Three women, Cynthia Sutt, Ann Parsons Odum and Barbara Howard, went home with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The biggest winner was Margaret Parsons Andrews, who was the proud recipient of the Vision Award.
"This is overwhelming," she said during her speech from the balcony. "I've seen the Art Center grow more than I can ever dream of."
The organization has plans to plant a tree in her honor.
"I think anyone who walked in to the ceremony wondering if Gwinnett had an arts community walked out knowing that we do," Corbett said.
For more information about ArtWorks! Gwinnett, visit artworksgwinnett.org.