Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Faces of the Kendig Awards

Artist Bill White gave an emotional acceptance as Individual Artist.
Director Ernie Zulia
The Perry F. Kendig Awards, recognizing support of the arts in the Roanoke Valley, were presented before a sizeable crowd of artsie types last night at the home of President Nancy Gray of Hollins University. It was another gloriously lit fall evening where the art stars shown in the October sun.

Bill White, a painter and educator, won the award as Individual artist and gave an emotional and touching acceptance speech.

Mill Mountain Theatre, which came back from the dead because of a business-wise board of directors, won the award for Arts and Cultural Organization.

Member One Federal Credit Union won as Business Arts Supporter and the Roanoke City Arts Commission was selected for the Harriet Stokes Memorial Award.

Here is some of what it looked like yesterday evening.

A young couple takes advantage of the extraordinary beauty of the setting.
Photographer Anne Sampson, writer Keith Ferrell, a nominee
The Taubman's Amy Moorefield
One of my favorite writers, Brenda McDaniel
MMT's Cynthia Lawrence
David Maxson of Hollins
Kay Strickland, Brenda McDaniel
NYTimes bestselling writer Keith Ferrell
Book maven Lucy Lee
Hollins President Nancy Gray
Roanoke College President Mike Maxey (left), Nancy Gray
Tom McKeon of City Arts Commission
Artist Ann Trinkle
Perry F. Kendig's son, John, and Mr. Green Shirt
Sally Rugaber takes a sip
Libba Wolfe, ex-Arts Council director
And the undeniable star of the show was ... the view


  1. Great coverage of a great event! I love all of the beautiful portraits you captured, and it was so nice to finally meet you. Bon Voyage as you head off to Europe, and I'll look forward to connecting again when you return.


  2. Beautiful pictures and account of the event. So sorry we could not attend this year but look forward to next year's 30th anniversary celebration at Roanoke College.
    Bill Kendig