Grappone Automotive Group, Filtrine Manufacturing Company, Bellows-Nichols Insurance and Sullivan Creative 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 8 in Manchester. More than 300 business and arts leaders attended the 33rd 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.

Grappone Automotive Group was lauded for its broad support including emptying their showrooms to make space for concerts, using its media time to promote the arts, and inviting arts organizations to utilize its training center. Filtrine Manufacturing Company was cited for manufacturing and donating functional art of water bottle filling stations reminiscent of the old fire call boxes in Keene and for its support of a wide variety of arts organizations in the Monadnock region. Bellows-Nichols Insurance received accolades for involving employees in monthly meetings to evaluate requests for funding and allowing volunteer time during work hours, and for supporting a range of projects that provide education, access and visibility to the arts.  Sullivan Creative was recognized for demonstrating its belief that a strong cultural environment is good for the community by rolling up its sleeves to actively promote, write grants and design materials for the League of NH Craftsmen Fair and NH Open Doors and for focusing client services on creative economy businesses.

Winners were awarded a framed collage by New Hampshire artist Soosen Dunholter. The table centerpieces were crafts by the League of NH Craftsmen. The ArtsBaskets giveaway presentation 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 Adair Country Inn and Restaurant of Bethlehem.

Erin Fehlau and Sean McDonald of New Hampshire Chronicle were the masters of ceremonies. The evening’s performance showcase on stage featured the NH Gay Men’s Chorus, a scene from “The Waltz” by the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, and The Serfs.  Providing fun in the lobby before and at the conclusion of the event was a duo from the NH Fiddle Ensemble. There were also painting demonstrations by students from the New Hampshire Institute of Art, a pottery and stained glass demonstration by Studio 550, and product demonstrations by industrial design firms Eclipse Product Development, Farm, Inc. Helix Design and NHTI Concord’s Community College new industrial program.

Presenting Sponsor was Paul and Sandra Montrone/Perspecta Trust.

Corporate Sponsors were Bank of America, Bellwether Community Credit Union, Citizens Bank, The Duprey Companies, Lincoln Financial Group, Northeast Delta Dental, People’s United Bank and TD Bank.

Event Supporters were Baker Newman Noyes, Catholic Medical Center, Devine Millimet, Elliot Health Systems, Hitchiner Manufacturing Company, Hypertherm, Inc., Lavallee Brensinger Architects, McLane Middleton, Orr & Reno, Stibler Associates and University of New Hampshire.

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