Spring for the Arts 2018 is the Pocono Arts Council’s biggest fundraising event of the year, and “A Night at the Kentucky Derby” on Friday, May 4 at Stroudsmoor’s Woodsgate venue was enjoyable for all!
The council honored Jim Smeltz (posthumously) with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim was a beloved and longtime Monroe County artist who touched many with his talents. Jim will be acknowledged with a permanent exhibit in ARTSPACE Gallery. The Suzanne Anderson Rising Star Student Scholarships were awarded to Melissa Salvadeo of Stroudsburg High School and Danielle Kunkle of Pocono Mountain East High School.
Laura Goss, executive director of the Pocono Arts Council from 1992-2017, received special recognition by being honored with the Laura Goss Volunteer of the Year Award, which will be an ongoing award given each year to a member who goes above and beyond in their volunteer efforts to help the Pocono Arts Council. PoconoArts member Sue Haney donated a sketch portrait of Laura (framed beautifully by board member Sean Turrell) which will permanently hang in the gallery alongside the award winner listings.
The event featured a Kentucky buffet with favorite southern foods and mint juleps; entertainment by East Stroudsburg High School North Chorale directed by Keith LaBar and Eleve Dance Company directed by Deidre Sears; raffle fun; online auction activities; and special art exhibits in the Auradell Gallery, featuring artwork by Sherwood Samet and James Gloria with sales benefiting the arts council.
And the People’s Choice Award for best hat capturing the spirit of “A Night at the Kentucky Derby” went to Christine Quattromini Harvell. Festive attire with bright colors and a cool hat won the prize!