The Quinte Arts Council held a Mayor’s Luncheon today (Thursday) to honour four major contributors to the Quinte arts scene.
The luncheon, held at Dinkel’s Restaurant, began by awarding two student bursaries.
Brayah Pickard received The Susan Richardson Bursary as well as the Quinte Arts Council Student Arts Bursary ($500 each). She is pursuing a joint Bachelor of Music degree through Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College.
Dallin Whitford received the The Hugh P. O’Neil Student Arts Bursary and the Quinte Arts Council Student Arts Bursary ($500 each). He is pursuing a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice) at Humber College.
The winners of the 2018 Arts Recognition Awards are: Brian Barlow, Lynn Fennell, Gary Magwood, and Nancy Snowdon.
Barlow is a Grammy-winning drummer/arranger who serves as the creative director for The Prince Edward County Jazz Festival. As one of Canada’s premier big band arrangers, Brian has given countless hours of his time, freely contributing arrangements for the Commodores Orchestra as well as co-founding the PEC Jazz Education program for regional high school students and the Trenton Big Band Festival.
Magwood is well known in the Belleville arts scene as creator and producer of Night Kitchen Too, Belleville’s acoustic musical variety show. He was a co-founder of Belleville’s Downtown Docfest, serving as Chair for its first six years. In 2016, Gary worked with the Caravan Stage Company to open a new show in St. Petersburg, Florida. Gary also has expertise in green building techniques and has brought creativity and leadership to the growth of that field in Ontario.
Snowdon has made significant contributions to the performing arts in Quinte region. For over a decade she has served on the board of the Stirling Festival Theatre and is also a long-time serving member on the board of the Quinte Symphony. Nancy is recognized for her leadership in governance within the arts sector, as well as her tireless contributions as a ‘boots on the ground’ volunteer selling tickets, billeting artists, and volunteering in the office of Stirling Festival Theatre.
Fennell founded the not-for-profit Prince Edward Community Theatre in 2008. Before that, he was a long time teacher at Prince Edward Collegiate where he directed numerous productions including Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, and The Wiz. He was also the 2nd Chair of the Prince Edward County Arts Council. Beyond enabling many others to create theatre, Lynn has been a committed artist for many decades including directing plays with the Belleville Theatre Guild, and the Domino Theatre in Kingston amongst others.