ARTS HONORS

Mona Golub, James Ket­tlewell feted dur­ing Saratoga Arts an­nual Fall Soirée for their sup­port of Cap­i­tal Re­gion arts or­ga­ni­za­tions

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Lau­ren Halligan lhal­li­gan@dig­i­tal­first­media.com

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> Com­mu­nity arts lead­ers Mona Golub and James Ket­tlewell were hon­ored this week at Saratoga Arts’ an­nual Fall Soirée.

Event-go­ers gath­ered on Wed­nes­day evening at Longfel­lows Res­tau­rant to cel­e­brate the lo­cal arts while rec­og­niz­ing Golub and Ket­tlewell for serv­ing as com­mu­nity arts am­bas­sadors who for years have sup­ported Saratoga Springs-based non­profit Saratoga Arts and other arts or­ga­ni­za­tions in The Cap­i­tal Re­gion.

“Tonight is all about cel­e­brat­ing the arts, and it’s all about cel­e­brat­ing the peo­ple who re­ally are there to sup­port it,” Saratoga Arts board pres­i­dent Su­sanne Simp­son said. “It’s re­ally what makes this com­mu­nity whole­some, and I think it’s re­ally what brings this com­mu­nity to­gether.”

In choos­ing the two hon­orees for the re­cent event, Simp­son said the board con­sid­ered whose ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion best ex­em­pli­fies the spirit of the arts, and that was Golub and Ket­tlewell.

Golub, vice pres­i­dent of pub­lic re­la­tions and con­sumer ser­vices for Price Chop­per / Mar­ket 32, was cho­sen for her role as a hands-on pre­sen­ter, pro­ducer, and artis­tic di­rec­tor of the Mu­sic Haven Con­cert Se­ries, a com­mu­nity con­cert se­ries in Sch­enec­tady and pre­vi­ously in Al­bany as well.

For years, th­ese con­certs have made world-class mu­sic ac­ces­si­ble to all and have be­come a uni­fy­ing

"Tonight is all about cel­e­brat­ing the arts, and it’s all about cel­e­brat­ing the peo­ple who re­ally are there to sup­port it."

— Saratoga Arts board pres­i­dent Su­sanne Simp­son

force for neigh­bor­hoods, cities and the re­gion as a whole. Golub also di­rects the Golub Foun­da­tion, where she has wo­ven her love for the arts into an over­all phil­an­thropic phi­los­o­phy that has cre­ated an in­deli­ble pos­i­tive im­pact on the arts land­scape across all of our com­mu­ni­ties.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Price Chop­per has been a sig­na­ture spon­sor for Saratoga Arts event First Night Saratoga since its in­cep­tion 23 years ago.

“We love the arts be­cause they’re a way to bring peo­ple to­gether, to feel good,” Golub said at the soirée, “and as this world goes th­ese days, bring­ing peo­ple to­gether to feel good and to en­joy the cre­ative work of tal­ented peo­ple is re­ally some­thing sim­ply won­der­ful.”

Ket­tlewell re­ceived a Com­mu­nity Arts Am­bas­sador Award this year too, for his ef­forts in lead­ing and con­tribut­ing to many of the arts and cul­tural or­ga­ni­za­tions that en­rich the greater Saratoga re­gion.

His ac­com­plish­ments in­clude teach­ing art his­tory at Skid­more, serv­ing as cu­ra­tor of the Hyde Col­lec­tion in Glens Falls for nearly 20 years, in­tro­duc­ing Caffe Lena founders Lena and Bill Spencer to Saratoga Springs, form­ing a com­mit­tee for the restora­tion of the Can­field Casino, and au­thor­ing Saratoga Springs, an Ar­chi­tec­tural His­tory.

In ac­cept­ing his award from Saratoga Arts, Ket­tlewell made a point to com­ment on the qual­ity of the art cre­ated in the lo­cal re­gion.

“Many of the artists work­ing in this area, in al­most any area of the arts, are pro­duc­ing art as great as any­thing you’ll ever see any­where,” he said to the crowd. “Lis­ten twice or look more closely when you ex­pe­ri­ence any art that’s hap­pen­ing in this area, and you may dis­cover some­thing rather ex­tra­or­di­nary.”

Pro­ceeds from the 2018 Fall Soirée help Saratoga Arts con­tinue to of­fer af­ford­able and dy­namic arts pro­gram­ming and ser­vices for all ages and skill lev­els through­out the year.

More in­for­ma­tion about Saratoga Arts, in­clud­ing its pro­grams and other up­com­ing events, is avail­able on­line at www. saratoga-arts.org.

“We love the arts be­cause they’re a way to bring peo­ple to­gether, to feel good.” — Mona Golub

LAU­REN HALLIGAN PHOTO

Hon­oree Mona Golub ac­cepts an award Wed­nes­day at the an­nual Saratoga Arts’ Soirée at Longfel­lows in Saratoga Springs.

LAU­REN HALLIGAN PHOTO

Hon­oree James Ket­tlewell speaks dur­ing the an­nual Saratoga Arts’ Soirée, held Wed­nes­day at Longfel­lows in Saratoga Springs.

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Saratoga Arts’ ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Joel Reed speaks at the an­nual Saratoga Arts’ Soirée, held Wed­nes­day at Longfel­lows in Saratoga Springs.

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