Hudgens Center gives out Gwinnies and more

Special Photo Gwinnett County Public Library won a Gwinnie from the Hudgens.

Special Photo Gwinnett County Public Library won a Gwinnie from the Hudgens.

DULUTH -- The Hudgens Center for the Arts recently invited its Board of Directors and Trustees, employees, volunteers and other art lovers to join outside in the garden for its annual meeting and appreciation event. Every year, the center gives out awards for those who stand out at the center and around Gwinnett County.

During the evening, a special presentation was given for the former and current chairs of the board from the Hudgens' inception as the Gwinnett Council for the Arts in 1981 to the present. All of the members were recognized with a large plaque with their names and dates of service. Present for the unveiling were former chairs Ethel Andersen, Johnny Rowe and Pat Swan, and current chair Laurie Ann Kimbrell. The plaque will be placed on permanent display in the Board Room of the Hudgens.

The Volunteer of the Year award went to Stewart Woodard, a regular volunteer through the Explore Gwinnett Ambassadors program. The Youth Volunteer of the Year award was given to Gemini Kauchik, a local teen who donates hours of her time to help out at the Hudgens.

This year's Gwinnie Awards went to:

-- Gwinnett County Public Library, represented by Barbara Spruill, for its "Fall Into the Arts" program and commitment to the arts in Gwinnett.

-- Wells Fargo Bank, represented by Kathleen Gibbons, for its Great Days of Giving support of the Hudgens, as well as its frequent volunteerism at the center and commitment to the arts.

-- Explore Gwinnett (formerly Gwinnett County Visitors Bureau), represented by Linda Murphy, for the Gwinnett Tourism Awareness Program, which specifically highlights the arts in the county, and its ambassadors volunteer program.

Last year, Carol Knight and Connie Norman won Volunteers of the Year, Linda Lindeborg and Ann Morrow took home the Chairman's Award, and ArtWorks! Gwinnett, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Primerica Foundation gained Gwinnie Awards.

Winners were given large ceramic bowls created at the Hudgens by Ceramics Studio Manager Vernon Smith.