Diamond Award Recipients Announced

The Peninsula Arts Council will present the awards at a gala dinner on Jan. 25. The awards are bestowed upon artists in nine categories throughout San Mateo County.

From arts volunteers and organizations to young artists and educators, the Peninsula Arts Council (PAC) recognizes the contributions made throughout the year by members of the San Mateo County arts community.

This week, the San Carlos-based PAC announced the 2012 Diamond Award recipients,  recognizing artistic achievement in San Mateo County in nine categories. Of over 60 nominations received through an open call for nominations, PAC and guest judges narrowed down the roster to this impressive list of honorees:

  • Music for Minors, Arts Organization 
  • Dr. Bryan Baker, Individual Artist
  • Sean Traynor, Ray Lorenzato Young Artist
  • Amanda Odasz, Ray Lorenzato Young Artist
  • Barbara Pierce, Arts Volunteer
  • Maureen McVerry, Arts Educator
  • Eric & Lori Lochtefeld, Fox Theatre, Local Business Support
  • Coastside Doctors Without Borders Fundraiser, Judi Shintani, Donor Support
  • Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission Government Support and
  • Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Special Recognition 

These ten new honorees will join a roster of over 100 artists and organizations who have received this prestigious award over the event’s 10-year history.  Previous notable honorees have included Neil and Pegi Young, Troy Paiva, Jackie Speier, Nathan Chan, Mitchell Sardou Klein and Albert Guibara, all outstanding representatives of San Mateo County’s flourishing arts culture. 

“These awards are about recognizing all aspects of our arts eco system and showcasing the individuals and organizations who advance the arts in San Mateo County,” notes Julie Fellers, President of Peninsula Arts Council. 

“We know that all who attend the Diamond Awards will come away with a renewed admiration for our community members and be inspired by the creative work that is being done here.”

 Peninsula Arts Council will present the 11th Annual Diamond Awards, San Mateo County’s Arts Hall of Fame on Fri., Jan. 25, 2013, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. at Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos.  

The event is open to the public and tickets are available at www.peninsulaartscouncil.org.  The $25 ticket price includes all Hiller Aviation Museum exhibits.

 For more information, or for sponsorship information, go to www.peninsulaartscouncil.org.


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Bardi Rosman Koodrin January 05, 2013 at 09:57 PM
I'd like to congratulate Sean Traynor for his Ray Lorenzato Young Artist award. He is an excellent writer with a plethora of literary awards from the San Mateo County Fair that he's garnered since he first submitted to the short story and essay contests in 2009, including a Best of Show, and he was only 15 years old at the time! Allow me to add that Sean won the fair's 2012 contest for a $20,000 Creative Writing Scholarship sponsored by Notre Dame De Namur University. I am proud to be a fellow Diamond Award winner and look forward to receiving such a prestigious award with Sean and the other honorees on January 2th.
Bardi Rosman Koodrin January 05, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Correction: make that January 25th!


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