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8/27/2014 12:01:00 AM
CTAC announces recipients of the 2014 eddi Awards

The Crooked Tree Arts Center is proud to announce the recipients of the 2014 eddi Awards. The ceremony will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 at Crooked Tree Arts Center, downtown Petoskey. The eddi Awards began in the fall of 2001 and are now held in alternate years.

Those who will receive eddi Awards for 2014 are Visual Artist, Martha Landis; Performing Artist, Epsilon Jass Band; Arts & Cultural Organization, Aten Place; Arts in Education, Gary Stutzman; Arts & Cultural Leadership, Kay & Don Heise; Individual Patron, Craig Stutzky; Benefactors, Suzanne & Pram Acharya; Lifetime Achievement, Jan Vandenbrink Parkinson; and Young Artist, Emily McGeehan. The Young Artist is new category for 2014.

The eddi recipients are chosen by a nine person jury, led by eddi Award co-chairs, Steve Spencer and Larry Willis The jury for 2014 included Dianne Litzenburger, Joyce Herbert, Cheri Leach, Harry Boyer, Brandon Ivie, Jean Fought, Stafford Smith, Val Meyerson and Julie Stoppel. The jury, which includes many previous eddi Award recipients, reviewed over 30 nominations for 2014 eddi Awards.

The eddi Awards are named on memory of eddi Offield, a much loved and admired patron of arts and culture in northern Michigan and a founder of the arts center. "Seating in the theater is limited to 220 guests so we encourage people to reserve their tickets now" remarked Bill Millar, Crooked Tree Arts Center Board President. "We are anticipating a full house as each year we invite the winners from previous eddi Awards to be part of the evening's festivities" continued Wietzke. Past award recipients are encouraged to attend as a group photograph will be taken at the beginning of the evening. For a full list of previous winners, go to www.crookedtree.org.

Sponsors of the 2014 awards include Bay View Association, Blissfest, CMU Public Broadcasting, Granite and Quartz Countertops of Petoskey, McLaren Northern Michigan, Odawa Casino Resort, Petoskey Plastics, PNC Bank and Karin Offield. The evening includes appetizer buffet, awards ceremony followed by dessert. Tickets are $50 per person and reservations can be made by calling Crooked Tree at 231-347-4337, on line atwww.crookedtree.org, or in person at the Arts Center in downtown Petoskey. Tickets are not available at the door.

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