Written By: Monday, February 12th 2018

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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.