Peninsula Arts Council Announces Diamond Award Recipients

Among the 10 honorees is Judy Shintani, Half Moon Bay artist and founder of the Annual Doctors Without Borders Fundraising Art Auction.

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, Judy Shintani, Donor Support
  • Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission Government Support and
  • Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Special Recognition 

These 10 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 04, 2013 at 02:06 AM
Congratulations to Judy Shintani and all the other 2012 Diamond Award recipients. I am so honored to be among the celebrated recipients of the Peninsula Arts Council's prestigious awards. My category of special recognition highlights the literary department of the San Mateo County Fair, of which I have been a part since 2009, and am so proud of the growth of the entire Fine Arts Galleria department these past few years. I already know Sean Traynor, who won a young artist award for his literary excellence and also, he is the recipient of the San Mateo County Fair 2012 Creative Writing Scholarship in conjunction with Notre Dame De Namur University. I look forward to meeting each of the other winners at the PAC gala on Jan 25th! Bardi Rosman Koodrin


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