A Diamond Studded Evening At The DIAMOND AWARDS Jan 25, 2013

PAC Board Members From Left to Right – Julie Fellers, Lisa Forte, Donald Mulliken, Denise Delaney, Alisan Andrews, Beth Mostovoy, Mara Grimes, Joan Currie and Mary Alice Bowie.

PAC Board Members
Left to Right – Julie Fellers, Lisa Forte, Donald Mulliken, Denise Delaney, Alisan Andrews, Beth Mostovoy, Mara Grimes, Joan Currie and Mary Alice Bowie

The Peninsula Arts Council certainly knows how to put on a party.  As a 2012 Special Recognition recipient, I felt truly honored.  PAC President Julie Fellers and board members Beth Mostovoy, Alisan Andrews, Lisa Forte, Mary Alice Bowie, and Don Mulliken greeted my husband Boris and I with the grace and elegance befitting such a gala affair.

I enjoyed meeting my fellow Diamond Award honorees, and being inspired by their acceptance speeches.  Each of us spoke with the contagious passion that fuels our individual artistic endeavors.  We were well represented among our various expressive mediums, from Dr. Bryan Baker’s enthusiasm for Masterworks Chorale, Judy Shintani and her work for the Coastside Doctors Without Borders fundraiser, and Sonja Palmer’s Music for Minors organization.

Actress and Art in Action Advocate Maureen McVerry should win a special prize for the funniest, most engaging acceptance.  The city of Redwood City shone as the place to be for arts and culture, honoring Government Support winner Warren Dale,  Lorie Lochtefeld and her husband Eric’s commitment to the Fox Theatre, and tireless Arts Volunteer Barbara Pierce.

We were treated with performances by both of the Ray Lorenzato Young Artist recipients: Amanda Odasz is a multi-talented powerhouse with a voice to match.  I’ve known Sean Traynor as a multiple-award winning writer who’s been entering the San Mateo County Fair literary contests since 2009, but didn’t realize he is also a singer and actor.  Way to go Sean!

Carry the Light Anthology

Speaking of Carry the Light, we can’t help but brag about publishing our first anthology of short stories, essays, and poems that were submitted to the 2012 San Mateo County Fair. sanmateocountyfair.com/contests/departments/literary-arts

We received almost 200 entries and the publisher, Tory Hartmann of the Sand Hill Review Press www.sandhillreviewpress.com was so committed to this project that she expanded the book to 312 pages to include more pieces than we’d originally planned because they were all so good. This book was produced in just four weeks! To learn more about this project go to www.sanmateocountyfair.com/pdf/2012/authors/creative_force.pdf

You can see the finished product at www.amazon.com/Carry-Light-Stories-Essays-County/dp/1937818055

We ran a contest in the Fine Arts Galleria for artists and photographers to submit their work for the book cover www.sanmateocountyfair.com/contests/departments/fine-arts-galleria  and we received a great variety of interpretations of what Carry the Light meant to them.

Pacifica poet and photographer Thomas A. Ekkens of taegallery.com won the prize for his closeup photo of leaves growing along a waterfall. It is absolutely gorgeous!


Tom’s wife Joanne Shwed of Backspace Ink Editing and Book Design www.backspaceink.com volunteered her considerable talents to make the anthology a reality.  Her two essays are featured in the anthology, as is Tom’s poetry.

Check out sanbruno.patch.com/search?keywords=carry+the+light+anthology to read excerpts of their work along with almost forty other contributors’ short stories, essays, and poems.

As far as we know, this is the first time all of the submissions entered into a county fair has been published professionally. We do know this is a first for the Western Region, an accomplishment of which we are all immensely proud.

This creative collaboration is exactly what Carry the Light is all about: stepping up and helping others to make their dream a reality and in turn, sharing the joy of one’s own passion!

The Peninsula Arts Council Diamond Awards Touches the San Mateo County Fair

The San Mateo County Fair www.sanmateocountyfair.com is represented in two wins from the Peninsula Arts Council’s yearly Diamond Awards: Bardi Rosman Koodrin and Sean Traynor. These two impressive honorees will receive their awards at the PAC’s 11th annual event on Jan 25, 2013 at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos.  The Diamond Awards recognize artistic achievement in San Mateo County in nine categories.


for more info go to www.peninsulaartscouncil.org

Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Literary Director of the Fine Arts Galleria at the San Mateo County Fair, has won a Special Recognition award for her work over the past five years, which features: free writing workshops, readings, and Author Book Day with over 30 writers autographing their work. Carry the Light, a 300-page anthology of fair entrants’ work available on www.amazon.com/Carry-Light-Stories-Essays-County/dp/1937818055 was published by Sand Hill Review Press http://www.sandhillreviewpress.com in 2012, a first for a western region county fair.  Bardi looks forward to orchestrating the 2013 Fair’s literary stage events and the publication of the second Carry the Light anthology.

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Sean Traynor, a local high school senior, is a recipient of the Ray Lorenzato Young Artist. Bardi first met Sean when he won a number of the San Mateo County Fair literary contests, including a Best of Show when he was just fifteen. He went on to win the 2012’s fair contest for a $20,000 Creative Writing Scholarship sponsored by Notre Dame De Namur University.

Welcome to Carry the Light 2013, a Creative Collaboration

“Carry the Light is all about following your smallest
inclination to its greatest conclusion.”

Carry the Light is a philosophy originated by Boris Koodrin, director of the Fine Arts Galleria at the San Mateo County Fair. His inspiration took form in collaboration with blues guitarist Kelly Richey when he illustrated her 2008 album “Carry the Light.”


Within the Fine Arts Galleria, Boris and his wife, Bardi Rosman Koodrin, the department’s literary director, provide opportunities each year at the fair for artists, writers, and performers to express themselves in their chosen medium.

Boris and Bardi believe that everyone has an important story to tell, and they provide the space with which to create. Their intent is to uplift and challenge people to reflect on how much we have to be grateful for, and to help instill the thought that there is unlimited potential in what we can do to uplift one another.


Carry the Light is not just a slogan: it is an ideal that also challenges all of us to dream a better dream for ourselves. The assumption that some of us are highly creative, while others are not, is one that Boris and Bardi continuously challenge.

“We are all called to paint a masterpiece with our lives.”