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Diamond Awards for Arts Includes 3 Redwood City Recipients

Good morning –

The winners of the 2012 Peninsula Arts Council Diamond Awards were announced this week, and I’m pleased to let you know that three of the awards go to Redwood City recipients!

Please read the excerpt from the Peninsula Arts Council news release below, and join me in congratulating all the recipients, especially Redwood City Council Member Barbara Pierce, receiving an award as an Arts Volunteer, Eric and Lori Lochtefeld, owners of the historic Fox Theatre who are winners for Local Business Support, and the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, recognized for Government Support. Learn more at and put the awards gala event on your calendar for January 25, 2013.

Thank you,
~ malcolm

December 18, 2012
Contact: Julie Fellers
Peninsula Arts Council
(650) 591-2101

2012 Diamond Award Recipients Announced Peninsula Arts Council to Present Awards at Gala on January 25th at Hiller Aviation Museum

San Carlos, CA – Peninsula Arts Council is pleased to announce the 2012 Diamond Award recipients. The annual Diamond Awards recognize artistic achievement in San Mateo County in nine categories. Of over 60 nominations received through an open call for nominations, Peninsula Arts Council and guest judges had the daunting task of narrowing down the finalists and selecting the final recipients.  This year’s impressive roster of honorees includes:

*    Music for Minors, Arts Organization
*    Dr. Bryan Baker, Individual Artist
*    Sean Traynor, Ray Lorenzato Young Artist
*    Amanda Odasz, Ray Lorenzato Young Artist
*    Barbara Pierce, Arts Volunteer
*    Maureen McVerry, Arts Educator
*    Eric & Lori Lochtefeld, Fox Theatre, Local Business Support
*    Coastside Doctors Without Borders Fundraiser, Judi Shintani, Donor Support
*    Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, Government Support
*    Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Special Recognition

These ten new honorees will join a roster of over 100 artists and organizations who have received this prestigious award over the event’s 10-year history.  Previous notable honorees have included Neil and Pegi Young, Troy Paiva, Jackie Speier, Nathan Chan, Mitchell Sardou Klein and Albert Guibara, all outstanding representatives of San Mateo County’s flourishing arts culture.  “These awards are about recognizing all aspects of our arts eco system and showcasing the individuals and organizations who advance the arts in San Mateo County,” notes Julie Fellers, President of Peninsula Arts Council.  “We know that all who attend the Diamond Awards will come away with a renewed admiration for our community members and be inspired by the creative work that is being done here.”

Peninsula Arts Council will present the 11th Annual Diamond Awards, San Mateo County’s Arts Hall of Fame on Friday evening, January 25, 2013, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos.  The celebratory evening includes an hors d’oevres reception, no-host cocktails, silent auction, entertainment and awards presentation. The event is open to the public and tickets are available at  The $25 ticket price includes all Hiller Aviation Museum exhibits.

Peninsula Arts Council (PAC) is a non-profit organization serving San   Mateo County for 20 years. Its mission is to advance the arts in San Mateo County. The organization’s three key areas of focus include: arts education, public art, and developing San Mateo County into a destination for the arts, parks and culture.




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