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October 31st, 2012

Orange County Arts Council names 2012 award recipients

The Orange County Arts Council has announced the recipients of this year’s Annual Art Awards to be presented at the exclusive Powelton Club in Newburgh at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 9th. The event will honor and celebrate those individuals and organizations which made an outstanding contribution to the arts in Orange County.

The award for Individual Artists will be presented to Ron Gee and Gar Wang, a husband and wife team who collaboratively created mural paintings for the Department of Mental Health offices in Goshen and Newburgh and who volunteer their time and talents for schools and many other community organizations and causes. The SUNY Orange Community Orchestra, will receive the award for Arts Organization.  Wally McGuire, retired art teacher and creator of a unique instructional strategy for helping children make a “heart connection” with art, will be presented the award for Arts in Education. The Salute to Veterans Award will be given to Walter Bill, a World War II veteran and extremely talented visual artist.  David Collens, Curator and Artistic Director for Storm King Art Center, will receive the Champion of the Arts Award. The award for Corporate Champion of the Arts will be presented to the Greater Newburgh Partnership, a non-profit organization committed to the renewal of the city of Newburgh and sponsors of the “Transformation” mural located on the South Street Overpass. Toya Dubin, a senior at Cornwall Central High School and a talented dancer and dance costume designer, will be given the award for Youth with Exceptional Promise. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Eddie Dirr, jazz guitarist, teacher and lifelong Orange County resident.

All are invited to celebrate these individuals. Tickets can be purchased by calling 845-469-9168 or by emailing

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