NOVEMBER 17, 2010

Judy Bruce receives Arts Council of the North Valley "Imagine Award"

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judy bruce and doug clarkJudy Bruce receives Imagine Award from Doug Clark, Board President ACNV. 
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PHOENIX – Judy Bruce of Cave Creek received the Imagine Award at the Arts Council of the North Valley (ACNV) fifth annual meeting on Oct. 28, 2010 at the Anthem Art Gallery located in the Caepe School. 

"The Imagine Award is given each year to an individual who has provided support, leadership and vision, has helped advance the arts in the north valley and has embraced the values on which the ACNV was founded," said Doug Clark, ACNV president.  "Judy Bruce has done all of that and more."

Bruce has spent her life as an artist, educator and has advanced the arts in the north valley community.  Since her move to Cave Creek in 2001, Bruce has initiated programs focused on making art available to today's youth.

"Judy Bruce has been instrumental in advancing interest, participation and support for the arts in the Cave Creek area. As an artist and as an ambassador for the arts, Judy has been instrumental in effecting the mission of the Arts Council of the North Valley.

I enthusiastically support granting her the Imagine Award," said Usama Abujbarah, Cave Creek Town Manager.

Working on the Sonoran Arts League, Bruce expanded programs such as the Student Art Incentive Program and initiated the Summer Art Studio. For five years, she initiated and ran the "Art Stuff Sale" to benefit the Youth Art programs of the Sonoran Arts League.

Bruce was one of the founders of the Cave Creek Film and Arts Festival, a statewide competition that was a first for Arizona.  Bruce founded and chaired the Visual Arts Category in 2007 and served as president of the Cave Creek Film and Arts Festival in 2008, 2009, and 2010.  Under her leadership Cave Creek Film and Arts Festival was expanded to include dance, song, and literary categories.

"Judy's tireless efforts have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of people.  For her energy, leadership, commitment to the arts, we are very pleased to bestow the 2010 Imagine Award." said Doug Clark, Board President ACNV.

Nationally recognized glass artist, Carole Perry, created this year's award specifically for the 2010 Imagine Award recipient.  Perry and her husband own Laughing Glass Studio in the north valley where they design and create dinnerware and giftware that put a new perspective on functionality.

Past recipients of the Imagine Award include Donna Gutowski, Doug Clark, Shelly Spence and Iris Weiss.