The Yosemite Sierra Visitor Bureau was the recipient of the “Keeper of the Flame” award from the Sierra Art Trails committee, presented Sept. 12, during the Gala Reception for the Oct. 2-4 art event. The reception was held at the Stellar Gallery.
The Sierra Art Trails Preview Exhibit is now on display through Oct. 4 at the gallery, 40982 Highway 41, Oakhurst. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Monday, closed Tuesdays.
The preview exhibit features representative works by all artists participating in the Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour.
The “Keeper of the Flame” award is given each year to a business or organization in recognition of their contributions to the arts and the creative community.
“The Visitors Bureau has supported arts and culture in our area for many years, recognizing the value of Cultural Tourism in encouraging visitors to explore our area,” said Jon Bock, president of Sierra Art Trails.
Community Award winners were Michael J Costa ($500 purchase award), Janet Morita, watercolorist ($500 purchase award), Children's Museum of the Sierra ($500), and Oak Creek Intermediate School ($500).
Purchase awards are given to working artists in recognition of their talent and contributions to the community. Sierra Art Trails purchases artwork from the artist, which is later sold or auctioned to raise additional funds for the organization.
Seven student artists were also honored as part of Sierra Art Trails’ Student Sponsorship program. Those recognized were Kaitlyn and Camille Fisher, Peter McLean, Ben Sanguinettti, Keely McIntire, Jerico Garcellano, and Dominick Branddauer.
“Students have all fees waived and receive $100 for art supplies,” Bock said. “They are assigned a mentor who helps guide them through the entire process from filing their application to presenting and selling their work. The goal is to give young artists the experience of participating in a professional art exhibit.