Gong puts festival fan in the limelight
AN Australian Festival of Chamber Music stalwart has been honoured with the top gong at the Townsville City Council Arts Awards.
Dr Nita Vasilescu was presented with the prestigious Limelight Award last night for a lifetime achievement in supporting and developing the arts in Townsville.
Council Lifestyle and Community Development Committee chair Jenny Lane said Dr Vasilescu joined an ex- clusive list of people in Townsville to receive the award for their contribution and commitment to the arts.
‘ ‘ Nita has devoted her creativity and outstanding organisation skills to the arts in Townsville, particularly the Australian Festival of Chamber Music over many years and I can think of no one more deserving of this award,’’ Cr Lane said.
‘‘ With her late husband, Costel, Nita was an enthusiastic and generous supporter of the festival from its inception and a major reason why Eric and Pam Blyth from Kirwan at the annual Townsville Art
Awards at the Civic Theatre last night it has endured as a worldclass event.’’
Dr Vasilescu, a trained sculptor, has served on the Townsville Regional Gallery’s Acquisition Advisory Committee, the National Gallery of Australia Foundation and as a donor member of the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation.
Other winners included: Props Youth Theatre’s Peter Pan for Production of the Year; Madonna Davies for the Jean-Pierre Voos Theatre Award and Stable on the Strand for Event of the Year.
PRESTIGIOUS: Vicki Salisbury, Dr David Salisbury and Marg Naylor at the awards night Julie Heath and Vonnie Van Bemmbol support the Townsville
arts community at its annual awards night