Brockville – The First Annual Mayor’s Dinner for the Arts hosted by the Arts Council of the Thousand Islands (ACOTTI) was held last Wednesday evening at The Mill Restaurant in Brockville.
The inaugural awards featured two awards, first was the R.H. Lindsay Award, which is a posthumous prize, in recognition of the many local artists who have passed on. It is named after Robert Henry Lindsay a prominent local artist, studio painter and wood carver who died in 1938!
The first recipient of this award was the late Henry Vyfvinkel, a fondly remembered artist and teacher who died in 2014. He also created the Summerarts program in 1972, which evolved to become the Summer School of the Arts at St. Lawrence College.
The award was accepted on his behalf by his wife Juney.
The second award of the night was the Celia Kainz Award for artistic excellence and community involvement.
This award named after Celia Kainz who has been a painter, sculptor and gardener for most of her life. She was the founder of the Art Colony Studio Tours that began on the 1000 Islands Parkway, as well as the New Year’s Eve Concerts and Art in the City studio tour in Brockville, Celia has lived in the 1000 Islands area for the past 26 years.
The first recipient of this award was local artist Laurie Sponagle, who is known for her charcoal drawings.
The two awards were created by local wood turner Lance Besharah.
As well guest speaker for the evening was Christina Chrysler, curator of the Marianne van Silfhout Gallery at St. Lawrence College Brockville campus.
ACOTTI is trying to raise awareness of the organization and, in turn, promote their ongoing programs and events that serve the needs of their members and support the mission of the organization.
For more information on Acotti please visit: http://acotti.ca/