Cultural Awards handed out in Owen Sound
The City of Owen Sound has handed out its annual Cultural Awards for the ninth straight year.
Eight awards were handed out to recipients from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Stephen Hogbin, who has spent his life as an artist, a designer, a curator, an author, a teacher, an inventor and a mentor.
On-site scenic painter Chris Morton took home the award for Emerging Artist, as well as the $500 cash prize for his ability to capture a moment in time while painting local natural landscapes.
The Outstanding Individual award went to Steve Ritchie, former member of Tanglefoot who still plays with RPR and also works as a radio producer/announcer.
Outstanding Group award was presented to Georgian Bay Symphony for being a longtime leader and influencer to musicians of all ages.
Other recipients included: the 42nd Annual Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival, which won the Outstanding Event award; the Awesome Sydenham Riverfest Extravaganza, which won the Most Promising New Event award; Maryann Thomas, who won the Cultural Heritage award; and Michael Warren, who won the Cultural Catalyst award.
All award winners received a custom-made marquetry box inspired by Tom Thomson’s landscapes and handcrafted by artist Diane Edwards.