Paseo Arts Association Awards
This reports and gives photos of the Fourth Annual Paseo Arts Association Awards Ceremony & Banquet held at the Oklahoma History Center on November 11, 2010 — though I'm tardy with this, it was a great event and I'm pleased to have been a guest of one of the recipients. More about that shortly.
All of us know full well the Paseo Arts District and neighborhood bounded by NW 27th & NW 30th Streets and Lee and Walker Avenues — though its formal boundaries may extend a bit beyond that — and we certainly know about its Annual Art Festival held every Memorial Day weekend. For more about The Paseo, visit its own website or read more of what I wrote in 2007 in this article. Heck, great stuff goes on at The Paseo all year long.
The esteem given The Paseo isn't just local, either — it received the American Planning Association's "Great Places in America -- Neighborhoods" in 2010, one of only 10 neighborhoods so honored and the only Oklahoma neighborhood ever chosen for the APA award. See Steve Lackmeyer's October 20, 2010, article for more about that.
But, until this year, I was unaware that the Paseo Arts Association also gives annual awards, the event on November 11, 2010, being the fourth year for such awards to be given. Probably I would have continued in that ignorance but for the fact that my wife, Mary Jo Watson, received one of this year's awards. Of course, I attended and went camera in hand.
I apologize to all of you shown below for not naming you, especially those that I met that evening but have since forgotten your name. I'm not as good a reporter as Steve Lackmeyer is but Steve didn't make this particular event.
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|Steve's article was prominently displayed'|
|John Belt, The Paseo's Contemporary Developer|
|Music By Pianist Joel Forlenza|
|Paseo's Theatre Upon a StarDanceSwan|
Greeters Casey Tisdale & Patrick Wilson
|The Reason I Am Here|
|Carol Beesley & Joy Reed Belt||Carol Beesley & Joy Reed Belt|
|Doris Bewley (right)||Mary Jo Watson & Doris Bewley|
|Milo Borges, Amber Sharples, Netha Cloeter||Netha Cloeter & Mary Jo Watson|
|Malia Bennett||Mary Jo, Malia & Steve Bennett|
|Meg Salyer & Gary Marrs|
|Julia Kirk & Mary Jo Watson|
|These three are for Dustbury's Chas. Hill, if he is watching|
The 2010 Award Winners. After socializing, it was time for a sumptuous dinner and presentation of the awards. I'm using images from the event's booklet for these pictures.
Michi Susan Award
|Mary Jo Watson|
|Katherine Liontas-Warren, Artist of the Year|
this one of my very happy wife wearing her prize ...
Previous years' award winners are:
- 2007: Michi Susan, Artist of the Year; D.J. Lafon, Lifetime Achievement
- 2008: Sue Clancy, Artist of the Year; Mark Lewis, Artist of the Year; Sue Moss Sullivan, Michi Susan Award; Betty Price, Lifetime Achievement; Tom Lee, Special Recognition
- 2009: Sandy Martin, Volunteer Service; Carl Shortt, Volunteer Service; John Seward, Michi Susan Award; Bert Seabourn, Lifetime Achievement; Regina Murphy, Lifetime Achievement