Direc­tor, artist, mu­si­cian, the­atre founder to join arts, cul­ture wall of fame

The Niagara Falls Review - - Front Page - PAUL FORSYTH Metroland

An Os­car-win­ning direc­tor, a Juno-win­ning mu­sic artist, the founder of an iconic din­ner the­atre and an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artist will have their faces and names added to the City of Ni­a­gara Falls Arts and Cul­ture Wall of Fame in a cer­e­mony this month.

The wall of fame in­duc­tion cer­e­mony will be held in the LaMarsh room of Ni­a­gara Falls Pub­lic Li­brary’s Vic­to­ria Av­enue branch on Satur­day, Oct. 27. The event be­gins at 11 a.m. and is open to the pub­lic.

This year, four in­ductees will be rec­og­nized for their con­tri­bu­tions to the arts and cul­ture com­mu­nity in Ni­a­gara Falls.

This year’s in­ductees in­clude Alan Bar­il­laro, a Ni­a­gara Falls

na­tive who won an Acad­emy Award in 2017 for the an­i­mated short film “Piper,” which he wrote and di­rected.

Is­abelle Reza­zadeh, also known as Rezz, was named Bill­board mag­a­zine’s break­out artist of the year and was awarded a Juno for 2018’s elec­tronic al­bum of the year, “Mass Ma­nip­u­la­tion.”

Also fea­tured will be James (Jim) Cooper, founder of the im­mensely pop­u­lar din­ner the­atre show O Canada Eh? on Lundy’s Lane.

In­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artist, painter, pho­tog­ra­pher and film pro­ducer An­toine Gaber, who was artis­tic direc­tor of the suc­cess­ful Wa­ter for Life ex­hibit that drew 37 artists from 18 coun­tries to Ni­a­gara Falls His­tory Mu­seum this past spring, will also have his name added to the wall of fame.

“With more than 75 plaques on dis­play, the Arts and Cul­ture Wall of Fame is a proud re­minder of the tal­ents of the peo­ple of Ni­a­gara Falls,” Lau­rie Mof­fat, co-chair of the Ni­a­gara Falls arts, cul­ture and mu­seum com­mit­tee that over­sees the wall of fame, said in a news re­lease.

“This year’s nom­i­nees are great ex­am­ples of the scope and va­ri­ety of ac­com­plish­ments in arts and cul­ture, both past and present,” she said.

The wall of fame was de­vel­oped to serve as a vis­ual mem­ory of artis­tic and cul­tural con­tri­bu­tions in the city and to en­sure that both past and present res­i­dents re­ceive due recog­ni­tion for their artis­tic and cul­tural con­tri­bu­tions, said Clark Ber­nat, man­ager of cul­ture and mu­se­ums.

PAUL FORSYTH METROLAND

Artist, painter, pho­tog­ra­pher and film pro­ducer An­toine Gaber, cen­tre, is shown with Ni­a­gara Falls Mayor Jim Dio­dati and artist Gabrielle Fis­cher Hor­vath at the Wa­ter for Life ex­hibit at the mu­seum in May.

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