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ArtWorks! Gwinnett recognizes friends of the arts

LAWRENCEVILLE — On Monday evening, ArtWorks! Gwinnett held its third annual Fusion Awards at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

The awards recognized the contributions of artists, arts organizations, arts educators and corporate supporters of the arts.

The following awards were presented:

Lifetime Achievement Award: Barefoot in the Park founder Caryn McGarity

Vision Award: Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris

Arts Educator of the Year: Clayborn Knight, principal at Nesbit Elementary

Arts Volunteer of the Year: Linda Murphy with Explore Gwinnett

Corporate Arts Citizen — Individual: Explore Gwinnett Executive Director Lisa Anders

Corporate Arts Citizen — Organization: Peach State Federal Credit Union — Marshall Boutwell

Community Impact — Community Partnership: Barefoot in the Park

Community Impact — Arts Leader: Suwanee Public Arts Commission

Community Impact — Community Arts Program: Gwinnett County Public Library “Pulp Art” Exhibit

Community Impact — Creative Business: Sign Creations

Community Impact — Literary Artist: Chanda Bell

Community Impact — Performing Artist: Chuck Mason, who performs with New Dawn Theater

Community Impact — Visual Artist: Sal Brownfield

Community Impact — Visual Arts Organization: Barefoot in the Park

Community Impact — Performing Arts Organization: Aurora Theatre

The ceremony featured performances from Gwinnett artists Sounds of Suwanee, Gwinnett Ballet Theatre and the Aurora Theatre. Sponsors included Primerica, Andersen Tate & Carr, Jackson EMC, the Aurora Theatre, The McGarity Group and members of the ArtWorks! Gwinnett Board of Directors.