Northfield's Arts & Culture Commission Announces 2017 Living Treasure Award Presentation ~ Monday, February 6, 2017 - 7 pm - The Grand Event Center

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The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield cordially invites community members to the 2017 Living Treasure Award presentation on Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Grand Event Center (doors open at 7 pm; program at 7:30 pm). The award, co-sponsored by the ACC and the Northfield News, will be presented to this year’s recipient, local artist Judy Swanson, by Mayor Rhonda Pownell.  

The Living Treasure Award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and on behalf of the arts and culture.  The event at the Grand is generously supported by a variety of local area businesses                                                       

In naming Judy Swanson for its 2017 Living Treasure Award, the Arts and Culture Commission asserts, without reservation, that "because of Judy Swanson’s past and continuing service to Northfield, through and on behalf of the arts and culture, the community is richer, Northfield is a better place, and we’re fortunate and grateful to have her in our midst."

Judy Swanson’s contributions to the arts and culture of Northfield are wide-ranging. Her graphic artistry can be found across time and venues, from the St. Olaf Christmas Festival set and program designs to the City logo found on Northfield Police uniforms to the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Library logo.  Her graphic designs can also be found in the logos of many community organizations over time. She served for 17 years as a founding board member of the Bridge Chamber Music Festival and designed programs, posters, and tickets in support of their work.  Organizing the citizens’ group Friends of Way Park, Swanson served as their first president, providing leadership in the preservation efforts of this popular city park. According to Dan Dimick, one of her nominators for the award, “Judy Swanson’s handiwork and her heart work, her craft and her community work all beckon us to give thanks and honor her life.”

Previous recipients of the Living Treasure Award have been Ray Jacobson, renowned sculptor and Carleton professor emeritus; Myrna Johnson, founder and long-time artistic director of the Northfield Arts Guild Theatre; Cora Scholz, music educator and co-founder of the Northfield Children’s Choir; Paul Niemisto, founder and conductor of the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra, and founder and organizer of Northfield's Vintage Band Festival; Patsy Dew, photographer, theatre director, actress, and builder of arts programs through the Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Senior Center; DeWayne and Theo Wee, accomplished and award winning keyboard performers, teachers and accompanists; and Jan Shoger, visual artist, art teacher, former gallery directory, and curator.  The Arts and Culture Commission thanks each one of them for their lasting contributions to Northfield's cultural vibrancy.


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