The Dallas Visual Art Center has announced its 2000 Legend Award recipients, to be presented in ceremonies at the Fairmont Hotel on September 14. DVAC honors artists, collectors, and arts professionals each year who have made a special contribution to the Dallas arts community. The Legends for 2000, announced by past president of the DVAC board and Legend Award chairwoman Anne DiFiore, are Tim and Nancy Hanley, warmly respected in Dallas for their generosity and arts patronage of Texas artists; Dallas artist Pamela Nelson, whose work is widely shown and collected in and out of Texas; and Betty Moody, eponymous Houston gallery owner whose influence reaches artists and collectors throughout Texas.
MONEY: Shakespeare Festival of Dallas Executive Director Cliff Redd has announced a donation of art by Carmel, California artist Howard Lamar, valued at $125,000, to be auctioned off to raise money to support the festival and secure a matching grant from Dallas' McDermott Foundation. Redd says the art will be on public display at Samuell-Grand Park during festival performances throughout the summer. "We are so honored," Redd says. "The body of Howard's work is fittingly called 'The Dallas Collection.'" POWER: Anthony Whitworth-Jones, incoming general director of the Dallas Opera, is in town and has begun working with the company even before his official start date of June 1. Whitworth-Jones and his wife, Camilla, relocated in Dallas from London, and they say they like the friendly Texas folk. "We have been struck by both the warm-heartedness of the people here and by their enthusiasm and determination to succeed in realizing great projects," he says. Whitworth-Jones and outgoing Opera director Plato Karayanis are working together until Karayanis retires and Whitworth-Jones steps up to the plate on June 1. MONEY: Artists will tell you that the possibility of winning a cash award isn't the main reason they enter juried art shows; but it's always a consideration. Cash prizes were awarded April 12 for the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival jurored art show, the "Festival Exhibition" on the grounds of the festival. Best of Show and $1,000 went to Longview-based artist Celia Eberle; four merit awards and $250 each went to Dallas' Lily Hanson, Arkansas' Bill Rowe, Fort Worth's Janet Tyson, and Washington's Mark Abrahamson. Winning art works can be viewed on the web at www.msfwaf.org.
Annabelle Massey Helber
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