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!