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ArtWorks! is ready to award local artists at annual ceremony

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File Photo Debi West, left, and Barbara McGuire, right, call the silent auction winners during the start of the ArtWorks! Gwinnett Awards ceremony last year at the Hudgens Center for the Arts in Duluth.

If you go

• What: ArtWorks! Fusion Awards

• When: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Monday

• Where: Buford Community Center, Sylvia Beard Theater, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford

• Cost: $100 per person

• For more information: Visit www.artworksgwinn...>

BUFORD -- The Oscars aren't the only awards that people are talking about this weekend.

On Monday, ArtWorks! Gwinnett hosts its Fusion Art Awards, celebrating the contributions made in the country by several residents.

At 6:30 p.m., attendees have a chance to mingle and chat in the Phillip Beard Ballroom. At 7:45 p.m., everyone will be asked to enter the theater for the awards ceremony.

The night features performances by Gwinnett artists, including the Royal Dance Academy, Herman Pennamon, Advocate Arts, Zephyr Instrumental and the Aurora Theatre.

The nominees are:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Johnnie Rowe and Judy Waters

Corporate Arts Citizen Award for Individuals: Laura Grams, Suzanne Holtzcamp and Eddie Owen

Corporate Arts Citizen Award for Organizations: Advance Auto Parts and Ultra Car Wash, Gwinnett Tech, Holtzcamp Heating and Air, Peach State Federal Credit Union, Suzanna's Kitchen

Community Impact Award for Community Partnership: Art Thru the Lens, Aurora Theatre and Georgia Gwinnett College, Barefoot in the Park, Gwinnett Plein Air Challenge, Holtzcamp Heating and Air, The Hudgens Center for the Arts, Zephyr Instrumental

Community Impact Award for Community Arts Program: Barefoot in the Park, Duluth Fine Arts League, Eddie Owen Presents, Live Arts Theatre, North Gwinnett Arts Association, Tannery Row Artist Colony

Community Impact Award for Creative Business: Eddie Owen Presents and Mighty 8th Media

Community Impact Award for Performing Artist: Jennifer Hite, Sherry Ingbritsen, John Lazlo, Rebecca Parker

Community Impact Award for Visual Artist: Donna R. Biggee, Richard Calmes, Vernon Smith, Mavis Stevens

Community Impact Award for Visual Arts Organization: Duluth Fine Arts League, Hudgens Center for the Arts

Community Impact Award for Performing Arts Organization: Eddie Owen Presents, Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Live Arts Theatre, New Dawn Theatre, Zephyr Instrumental

Arts Educator of the Year Award: Chase Garner, Whitney Sue Jones, Lynn Urda, Debi West

Arts Volunteer of the Year Award: Holley Calmes, Sean Casey, Jean Harrivel, Suzanne Holtzcamp, Ann Morrow, Rebecca Parker

Community Impact Award for Arts Leaders: Sally Corbett, Duluth Fine Arts League, Angela Nichols, Eddie Owen, Rebecca Parker, Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence, Zephyr Instrumental

Vision Award: Sally Corbett, Nancy Harris, Bill McCargo, Anthony Rodriguez and Ann-Carol Pence, Cathy Rohloff