2011 recipients of the 13th Annual Arrowhead Arts Awards.
The Lyric Center for the Arts on Chestnut Street in downtown Virginia was the place to be on Friday evening, June 3, 2011. The 13th Annual Arrowhead Arts Awards were presented in the main auditorium, an artistic work in progress. ARAC Board Vice-chair Rolf Anderson, Tower, emceed the festive event. ARAC Executive Director Robert DeArmond presented the George Morrison Arrowhead Artist Award to Cheng-Khee Chee, internationally recognized water media artist from Duluth, MN. Well-known across China as well as the United States, Chee has spent his life teaching and creating new modes of working with water painting.
Pete Pellinen, actor/tenor and owner/remodeler of the Lyric Center for the Arts, presented the Maddie Simons Arrowhead Arts Advocate Award to Charlene Luoma from Britt, MN. A retired art/English public school teacher, Luoma has been a driving force in the arts in upper St. Louis County and the North Eastern Iron Range. She has campaigned tirelessly to expand the role of the arts in her region, and is still moving ahead on the installation of “Shoulder to Shoulder Even the Fallen Stand Tall.” After a dozen years, this larger than life sculpture by Gareth Andrews is due to be installed and consecrated within the next few months.
After the presentations, guests were treated to specialty nibbles from Shirley Woods along with champagne and coffee. The Arrowhead Arts Awards are given to artists and arts advocates from recommendations submitted by supporters throughout the Arrowhead counties. The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council is proud to celebrate the achievements of both Cheng-Khee Chee and Charlene Luoma.