Some of the artists who make our community a better place were applauded at the first annual Ovation Awards on Oct. 26. Conducted at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre, the Ovation Awards recognized individuals who make significant contributions to the arts in Cobb County.
"It is important to recognize artists in our community because they contribute greatly to the quality of life in our community," said Elizabeth Weaver, Cultural Affairs Division Director of Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department.
More than 100 nominations were received in 11 different categories. A group of adjudicators including the Cobb Arts Board and members of the Cobb Arts community came together to review all nominations and select three finalists in each category.
"The public first needs to be aware of these outstanding artists," commented Weaver. "And second we need to thank these artists for sharing their creativity with us."
The finalists performed or exhibited as part of the final presentation on Oct. 26. The winners included:
* Teresa Barnes, Outstanding Visual Artist
* Mandy Kirkpatrick, Outstanding Instrumental Performer
* Jevares Myrick, Outstanding Vocal Performer
* Chris Barber, Outstanding Techie
* Tami Gallagher, Outstanding Technical Director
* Janusz Mazon, Outstanding Dance Performance
* Robert Adams, Outstanding Instructor
* Barbara Hollis, Outstanding Volunteer
* Tom Milley, Outstanding Actor
* Randall Heard, Outstanding Business Leader
* South Cobb Arts Alliance, Outstanding Arts Organization
"These artists teach our children to be creative or simply to keep their creativity," she said. "Some of these artists bring more beauty into our world. And sometimes these artists simply entertain us and make us smile."
"Cobb is not only great because of you school systems and our neighborhoods, but also because of the vibrant and healthy arts community that creates in Cobb," said Weaver.