Winners of 32nd Business in the Arts Awards Named

C & S Wholesale Grocers, New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp, Portwalk Place and the Drum Center of Portsmouth were announced as the winners of the Business in the Arts Awards at a gala evening presentation hosted by the New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts on May 9 in Manchester. More than 350 business and arts leaders attended the 32nd annual celebration.

The winners were applauded for their outstanding support of the arts through donations of time, money and resources to the arts in their communities and statewide.

C & S Wholesale Grocers was lauded for feeding the soul of the Monadnock region with its extensive support of underwriting, sponsorships, program ads, print donations and in-kind support of arts organizations including Arts Alive, Colonial Theatre, Moco Arts, Peterborough Players and Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music as well as encouraging hands-on employee engagement in cultural events and exhibits. New Hampshire Mutual Bancorp was cited for supporting more than 50 arts and cultural organizations, displaying works by local artists and photographers in their lobbies, offering their digital signs as a way of promoting upcoming shows as well as making available the use of their board rooms for meetings and events. Portwalk Place in Portsmouth received accolades for demonstrating the belief that a strong cultural environment is good for the community by being dedicated supporters of 3S Artspace, giving free Music Hall memberships to all 150 residents of their properties, and promoting and buying works from local artists.

The Drum Center of Portsmouth was recognized for initiating equipment donations and scholarship support for young students, donating their time to conduct workshops and underwriting the growing Rock Program that affords 100 students of all levels the chance to collaborate, write, record and perform original music.

Winners were awarded a painting by New Hampshire artist Bethany Cole Rymes. The New Hampshire Institute of Art created the table centerpieces. The ArtsBaskets Cultural Trivia Show highlighted the evening’s sponsors and featured cultural goodies including tickets, travel cups, CDs and books contributed by New Hampshire’s many cultural organizations. The grand prize was donated by the Omni Mount Washington Resort.

Erin Fehlau and Sean McDonald of New Hampshire Chronicle were the masters of ceremonies. The evening’s performance showcase on stage featured Opera NH, a reading by poet Hope Jordan, and the Neoteric Dance Collaborative. Providing fun in the lobby before and at the conclusion of the event was the Robbins Farley Scholarship Brass Ensemble of the Manchester Community Music School, painting demonstrations by students from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, a pottery and stained glass demonstration by Studio 550, and a visual presentation by AVA Gallery.

Presenting Sponsors were The Duprey Companies and Paul and Sandra Montrone/Perspecta Trust.

Corporate Sponsors were Bank of America, Bellwether Community Credit Union, Citizens Bank, FairPoint Communications, Hypertherm, Inc., Lincoln Financial Group, Northeast Delta Dental, People’s United Bank and TD Bank.

Event Supporters were Catholic Medical Center, Devine Millimet, Elliot Health Systems, Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Lake Sunapee Bank, Lavallee Brensinger Architects, McLane Middleton, and Stibler Associates.

Wine Sponsor was Labelle Winery.

The New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts presents the awards annually to recognize and honor outstanding business support of the arts. The NHBCA was founded to educate, motivate and recognize business support of and participation in the arts. For more information contact the NHBCA at 603 224-8300 or visit www.nhbca.com

Althea Haropulos Photography. Photo caption: C&S Wholesale Grocers Erin Temmen and Gina Goff, NH Mutual Bancorp Sam Laverack, Portwalk Place Jeff Johnston and Drum Center of Portsmouth Shane Kinney.