mARTies, a Celebration of the Arts

Since 2003, the mARTies have been the premier celebration of the arts – performing and visual, and the people who help make them alive in our community. It takes a mix of artists, philanthropists, volunteers and leaders to weaving together giving the community a more vibrant, rich and colorful  texture. The mARTies are a signature event of the Arts Council of Martin County honoring outstanding artistic, voluntary and philanthropic achievement in Martin County which inspire a passion for and participation in the arts in our community. Funds raised at the mARTies support the on-going efforts of the Arts Council of Martin County to promote and support the vibrant arts community in Martin County.

2015 mARTies Award Recipients
2015 mARTies Award Recipients: Connor Hadel, Sanders Award; Ryan Cox, Student Performing Arts; Al Hager, Performing Artist; Tom Servinsky, Arts Leadership; Shelby Baillie, Student Visual Artist; John Stiles, Excellence in Arts Education; Jane Miller, Lifetime Achievement Award; Dan Mackin, Visual Artist; Ethel Christin, Volunteer in the Arts. Award Winners Missing from photo –Wilmington Trust Company, Corporate Leadership  and City of Stuart for the Water Birds Public Art Project, Special Recognition.

Images from the 2015 mARTies, held October 20 at St Mary’s & the Pittenger Center:

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What is a Named Award?

Named Awards are an integral part of the mARTies Awards program. The categories were selected by the founding committee of the mARTies as a way to recognize key elements that make an arts community vibrant and sustainable.  A short bio and photography of each named award recipient will be included in the program book and a representative of each nominee will be presented with an award during the evening’s program and be given a moment to say a few words.  The named awards represent a legacy of commitment that has allowed the arts to be a part of the treasures this community has to offer its residents and visitors.

Lifetime Achievement in the Arts:  The individual has shown a lifetime of commitment to the improvement of the quality of life in our community through dedication, leadership and inspiration.  They may be a professional artist – visual or performing – or a lifetime advocate for the arts as an integral part of the fabric of our community. Recipients: Charlotte Clayton, Nancy O’Malley, Phil Kavanaugh, Janeen Mason,  Marie Jureit Beamish,  Sandra Thurlow, Rita Vallis, Jane Davis Doggett, Jane Miller

Excellence in Arts EducationRecognizes an individual for a career in arts education and for being an inspiration to his/her students to aspire to greatness in the arts. Recipients: Ron Corbin, Tom Wetzl, Krystal Wion-Eckhardt, Karen Haines, Joe Flanagan, Tracy Canada,  Marcus Raab, Bridget Glass, John Stiles

Philanthropy in the ArtsAn individual or family who has through significant contributions given to and enhanced the cultural life of our community. Recipients: Richard and Dana Kibbey, Lawrence A. Sanders Foundation, Women Supporting the Arts, OPUS Boosters, Vianne Nichols,  Peter and Julie Cummings, Barbara Trimble, Frances Langford Foundation

Arts Leadership:  An individual who has served as a consistent driving force to keep the arts alive in Martin County.  This person is perceived to be constantly on the front line keeping the arts visible.  A true passion for the arts is demonstrated in their every effort. Recipients: Ernie and Helen Berlin, Janet Hutchinson, John Loesser, Cecelia Serra, Craig Price, Ethel Christin, Bob Valle, Jeanette Mueller, Ron Hart, Tom Servinsky

Corporate LeadershipA corporation with a commitment to funding, supporting and participating in the arts and cultural life of our community.  Through their gifts, arts and cultural activities and events have been consistently enhanced. Recipients:  Dunn Capital, Management, Northern Trust, Massey Yardley, Palm Beach Post, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, UBS, Publix Super Market Charities, Wilmington Trust

Special Recognition:  Serves to recognize a special happening in the arts and cultural life of Martin County that is unique and deserving of special attention and thanks.  This award may not be given every year. Recipients: Edward and Suzan Sellian, Mary Shaw, HCG, BOCC / Arts Tourism, Peggie O’Neill, Water Birds Project / City of Stuart


And our Nominees Are… we also accept nominations from the community to recognize artists and student artists. The nominations represent a very important part of the arts community, and that is the artists themselves who are giving back, enriching the community through their creativity and expression of their talent, as well as the volunteers (many of whom have no artistic talents themselves) who believe in support the organizations who bring the arts to audiences across Martin County.

  • Outstanding Digital Media Artist: Presented to an individual with a proven record of artistic excellence in the media arts (related to video, film and computer graphics), outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Recipients: Jeff Younglove, Steve Martine, Mitch Kloorfain
  • Outstanding Visual Artist:  Presented to an individual with a proven record of artistic excellence in the visual arts, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts.  Recipients: Tom Prestopnik, Caesar Cirigliano, Margaret Gray, Brenda Leigh, Tom Winter; Ruthann Hewson; Cristina de la Vega, Jane Blatt, Dan Mackin
  • Outstanding Performing Artist: Presented to an individual with a proven record of artistic excellence in the performing arts, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts.  Recipients: Christina Burr, Cynthia Kessler, Gayle Mingledorf, Peter Jones, Constantinos Jaferis, Douglas Jewett, Jennifer Jones, Terry Barber, Al Hager
  • Outstanding Volunteer in the Arts: Honors an individual that participates in donating volunteer time, encouraging support for the organization and the arts in the community and is truly dedicated to the cause of the nonprofit that benefits from their attention. Should primarily be volunteers. Recipients: Margaret “Peggy” Meissner, Connie Bass, Ginger Baldwin, Rita Jenkins-Gaines, Graham Monk; Pamela Fogt, Karen Vaina, Francine Beckstead, Ethel Christin
  • Outstanding Student Digital Media Artist: Presented to a student with a proven record of artistic excellence in the media arts (related to video, film and computer graphics), outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts. Recipients: Christopher Mennuto, Nicholas Lively, Jesse Forbes, Amanda Wind
  • Outstanding Student Visual Artist: Presented to a student with a proven record of artistic excellence in the visual arts, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts.  Recipients: Tracy Cochran, Sara Brokaw, Alex Fogt, Ellen Krebs, Ashley Baldwin, Sarah Tranter, Ariana Martinez, Jordan Schulz, Cristina Perez, Madelene Wishart, Shelby Baillie
  • Outstanding Student Performing Artist: Presented to a student with a proven record of artistic excellence in the performing arts, outstanding civic responsibility, and whose leadership has improved the quality of life in our community through the arts.  Recipients:  Angelica Melillio, Michael Wood, Kendra Eaton, Megan Moran, Ryan Weiss,  Martha Sturm, Kevin James Connor, Cory Jeacoma, Spencer Ballantyne, Kevin Paul, Savanna Webber, Ryan Cox
  • Special Awards:
    • Innovo Award: Jesse Forbes
    • Sanders Award: Brett Taylor, Connor Hadel

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