11.17.2005 – Kathleen Collins
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Arts Alliance held its Arts Alive! Gala Nov. 12 at the Radisson Hotel Akron City Centre.
A highlight of the event included an “Out of the Box” auction, which consisted of 50 decorative boxes designed by local artists. The auction was chaired by Melissa Paul, shown at near left.
Shown at far left, West Akron resident Betty Dalton admired the box “At the Market,” created by artist Susan Yingling.
The event included an Academy Awards-style ceremony for the recipients of the 2005 Arts Alive! Awards. The winners were: Joan Colbert, Outstanding Visual Artist; Mary Ann Jackson, Outstanding Arts Volunteer; Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell, Patron; Kathryn Mihelick, Outstanding Artist in Dance; U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-District 17), Government Leadership; Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet’s Reach Out and Dance, Outreach; Jim Fippin, Outstanding Artist in Theatre; OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Business Support; Arts Lift and Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, Collaborative Project Award; Sally Schneider, Outstanding Arts Educator; Tucker Jolly, Outstanding Artist in Music; Elizabeth Remmel (now Scott), Rising Young Star/Artist; Elizabeth Quirk Sheeler, Rising Young Star/Leadership. Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Dr. Bruce and Lola Rothmann, as well as Mark Soppeland.
Proceeds from the event benefited the Akron Arts Alliance, formed in 1991 by Ann Amer Brennan and Jackson to foster cooperation among arts and cultural groups in the Greater Akron area. Jackson is shown above with her husband, Tom.