Friday, May 9, art patrons gathered at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel at 11:30 a.m. to honor creative individuals in the arts. Events also included a patron party, held at the Windsor Court Hotel on Tuesday, May 6, a gathering that brought early occasion for jubilation.

Recipients of the 2008 Community Arts Awards included: theater director David Morelock; musician Donald Harrison Jr.; musician Terrence Blanchard; local actor Ricky Graham; artist Gene Koss; and The Historic New Orleans Collection. Paula L. Maher, a dedicated patron of the arts, received the 2008 Chairman’s Award.
Former honorees and Arts Council members joined attendees in celebration, as did Michael Cain, designer of the 2008 awards. Ka-ville Music Experience, sponsored by Basi & Michael Carbine, joined the fun, playing for more than 300 guests in attendance.

Award recipients were chosen, ACNO’s Mary Len Costa said in a press release, “… For their unwavering dedication and outstanding contributions to the arts in New Orleans over many years.”

Highlighted art for sale at this year’s event included the ceramics of Susan Bergman, Fairleigh Cook, Denise Greenwood, Chris Menconi and Craig McMillan, as well as glass art by Ginger Kelly, Paulette Lizano and Hubi Mae Glass. Sculptures by Michael Cain and Michael Eddy and woodworks by Mark Daynes and Paul Troyano rounded out the features. The Arts Council of New Orleans received a portion of profit from each piece.

“This year’s centerpieces showcase artists featured at the Art Council’s Arts Market of the New Orleans. The Market furthers the Arts Council’s mission of expanding the opportunities for diverse artistic expression and to bring the community together in celebration of our rich multi-cultural heritage,” says Laura Fincannon, director of marketing and communications for ACNO.

Premier Sponsor AT&T joined Patron Party Sponsor, the Windsor Court Hotel, and Award Design Sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Friedman, in making this event possible. Beth Lambert and Irvin Mayfield contributed as well, serving as chairs for the event.
Painting the Town Red
Honoree Ricky Graham and Gladys Graham, Stephen Rizzo and co-chair Beth Lambert
Painting the Town Red
Honoree Donald Harrison Jr., Priscilla Lawrence and honoree Gene Koss