Mayor hosted Mayor’s Arts Awards reception at the Museum

Erik Nasarenko, Geraldine (Dina) Pielaet, Kaylie Pendleton, Dr. KuanFen Liu, Mark & Janet Goldenson, Jim Rice and Jodi Farrell at the 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards. Photo by Noel Ulriksen

Mayor Erik Nasarenko hosted the seven recipients of the twelfth annual Mayor’s Arts Awards at a reception on November 3 at the Museum of Ventura County. The event drew a standing room only crowd of over 200 and featured food, wine and music.

The recipients were:

  • Mark & Janet Goldenson – Arts Patrons
  • Dr. KuanFen Liu – Artist in the Community
  • Geraldine (Dina) Pielaet – Creative Entrepreneur
  • Jodi Farrell – Arts Educator
  • Jim Rice – Arts Leader
  • Kaylie Pendleton – Student Artist

“I am delighted to host the Mayor’s Arts Awards which have honored arts leaders, patrons, educators and emerging and community artists dedicated to nurturing our city’s lively arts community and cultural life since 2005. “

“On behalf of the City of Ventura and the City Council, I thank you for joining me tonight as we recognize the impressive accomplishments of seven outstanding honorees singled out for this twelfth annual celebration. “

“These annual awards are an important tradition for everyone who loves the arts and Ventura,” said the Mayor. “They cultivate a greater visibility and understanding of the value of the arts to the public at large and are one small way to say ‘well done’ and ‘thank you’ to all participants in our creative community – for their contributions, their dedication and their passion to serve our city through the arts.”




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