Art Center Announces Winners of First Awards Ceremony

Rochester, Mich., – With immense support from eight municipalities both in Oakland County and Macomb County, Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) is pleased to announce the premiere social event of the season. PCCA’s first annual Regional Arts & Culture Awards will be presented March 24, 2011 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to congratulate the winners alongside key players from across the region.

The Regional Arts & Culture Awards are a program of PCCA and recognize those who are fostering arts & culture in significant ways within their communities. PCCA is delighted with the incredible support each municipality has given to this event and is excited to honor these individuals and groups for their dedication and commitment.  

The participating municipalities are representative of PCCA’s region and have nominated a distinguished individual or group to receive the award for fostering the arts in their respective communities. Mayor Bryan Barnett of Rochester Hills is looking forward to acknowledging the Rochester Symphony Orchestra saying “”For over 50 years, the RSO has enhanced the quality of life of our residents, not only by hosting concerts of noted guest artists and soloists, but by the educational and outreach programs they offer to our community.”

2011 Mayors’ Arts & Culture Award Recipients:

  • City of Auburn Hills – Shelly Chapman, Senior Services Event Coordinator
  • Oakland Township – Ray and Mary Nicholson, local couple
  • Orion Township – Reggie Harrison, Executive Director, Orion Art Center
  • City of Rochester – LaVere Webster, local artist and historian
  • City of Rochester Hills – Rochester Symphony Orchestra
  • Shelby Township – Barbara Gasparski, organizer of the Shelby Township Art Fair
  • City of Troy – The Image and Arts Council of Troy
  • Washington Township – Dolores Kurily, Founder of Washington Township Art Guild


In addition to the awards given on behalf of each municipality, PCCA is pleased to present the Distinguished Arts & Culture Award to L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive. This award serves to recognize his impact on the arts throughout Oakland County.

Please join us in recognizing these extraordinary individuals for their achievement in fostering the arts throughout the region on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at the Royal Park Hotel located in Rochester, Michigan. The event begins at 6:00 p.m., dinner and awards will be presented at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and reserved tables of 10 are available by calling 248-651-4110 or online at

The mission of Paint Creek Center for the Arts is to enhance life in the region by promoting, encouraging and creating opportunities to participate in and appreciate the arts. Paint Creek Center for the Arts is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00am to 9:00pm, Friday 9:00am – 7:00pm, and Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. PCCA is located at 407 Pine Street in downtown Rochester at the intersection of Pine and Fourth Streets. For information on exhibits, classes, the Art & Apples Festival, special events or volunteer opportunities, call 248-651-4110 or visit 

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