HONORING THE ARTS
Mayor Javier M. Gonzales and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission present this year’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Established in 1989, the awards recognize the outstanding achievements of local artists, art professionals, and arts organizations. The 2015 list includes five award winners working in the areas of visual arts, dance, music, and arts advocacy. The recipients are the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet; JoAnn Balzer, a community arts advocate for more than 30 years; Arthur López, a santero who works with traditional and contemporary techniques and mentors young artists; bestselling author Michael McGarrity, a former Santa Fe County deputy sheriff whose novels are set in New Mexico and who helped establish creative writing scholarships for students at several regional colleges and universities; and Richard Snider, a musician and teacher who taught at Santa Fe High School, St. Michael’s High School, and other schools, and who served as Youth Philharmonic Conductor with the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association. The annual Melissa Engestrom Youth Artist Award goes to Gabriella Ottersberg Enriquez, a singer, dancer, and actor with experience at the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, the Rockettes Summer Intensive dance program at Radio City Music Hall, and other dance programs around the country.
The awards ceremony and dinner take place in the Sweeney Ballroom in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center (201 W. Marcy St.) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15. The cost to attend is $70 per person ($700 for a table of 10), available through the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission (505-955-6707). Reservations are required and can be made online through www.santafeartscommission.org. — Michael Abatemarco