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Milley Awards Looking for 2011 Nominees

First created in 1988, artistic honors and gala dinner continue to honor distinguished artists with deep Mill Valley ties.

Know an artist with deep ties to Mill Valley who has not yet received the highest local artistic honor?

The time is now for nominations for the 2011 Milley Awards, which honor outstanding creative achievements in the arts from people with “a significant Mill Valley connection.” Nominees must be distinguished in one or more of the arts: visual, musical, cinematic, dramatic, performing or literary, and demonstrate an important body of work.

The Milleys, sponsored by the Mill Valley Art Commission and produced by a volunteer board of directors, were created 22 years ago, to honor one local person a year for their creative achievements. By 1995, the Art Commission realized that Mill Valley suffered from an overwhelming abundance of great artists, and expanded the event to include five recipients. And what began as a paper certificate awarded during a break in City Council proceedings has evolved into a full-fledged gala with winners receiving a bronze statuette crafted by Sausalito sculptor John Libberton.

The awards are handed out at a gala dinner at the Mill Valley Community Center. This year’s 17th annual awards dinner takes place on Oct. 23.

The included theatrical director Sharon Boucher, photographer Frederic Larson, former Pacific Sun publisher Steve McNamara, poet Richard Moore and musician Bill Champlin basked in the applause of more than 160 people during a dinner at the Mill Valley Community Center.

Nomination forms are available at , , , the , , , the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts and other arts-related locations. They are also available on the Milleys website.

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18 at Mill Valley City Hall, 26 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley 94941. If City Hall is closed, nominations can be left in the mail slot on the door. For information, call 388-7550, e-mail info@milleyawards.org or visit milleyawards.org.

L. Haugen April 28, 2011 at 03:01 PM
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