The TV filming, ceremony and awards presentation were held at Sapphire in their all private, enormous VIP area. The exciting event began with the Red Carpet at 5:30pm. Entertainer Larry G. Jones hosted the Red Carpet arrivals with Lark Williams and singer and debonair man-about-town Tony Sacca. After the private reception in the VIP lounge featuring the nominated artist's work, we went to the Sapphire showroom to assigned tables for dinner, music and entertainment.
Marleen Marino of VegasCommunityOnline.com invited us to join her VIP table. (Pictured with Audrey Roberts at the Reception). Ticket prices were $60.00 for general admission and $300.00 for VIP admission which included the reception, dinner, open bar, awards show, and after party.
Michele Balan (pictured), the hot new comedienne who was a sensation
(and in my opinion should have won!) in NBC-TV's popular reality show
"Last Comic Standing," hosted the show. Winners in each category were
presented with the "Muse" Award, an extraordinary crystal sculpture,
each handmade and designed by artist Michael Ray.
Award presenters included Clint Holmes (who said his two sons are artists), Lark Williams, local newscaster John Daly and Gennifer Flowers (who thanked her plastic surgeon for her over-the-top appearance. Gennifer, your shout-out and bold strut to the center of the stage should mean free botox for a year!)
Vivacious ARTV Awards founder Audrey Roberts has been a long time champion and advocate of the arts across the country. In Las Vegas, she is a major contributor to UNLV's Fine Art Gallery, The Las Vegas Art Museum, and the NAA. The sophisticated, international ARTV Awards was a triumph for Audrey with artists from South America, Japan and Russia in attendance. Audrey also created the terrific introductions to each art award that included the nominees showing how they create their art.
Artists were honored in ten categories:
||In the category of Mixed Media, Las Vegan Lincoln Maynard was honored; the Muse Award for Public Art went to the glamorous Delia Solari from Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Muse for Watercolor went to Yuji Kato from Yokohama, Japan (whose entourage numbered 25; his colorful friends took to the stage); and the Muse for Drawing was given to Alayne Abrahams.|
|In the category of Oils, the nominees were Beti Kristof who is from Las Vegas and Sergey Cherep from Georgia; for Sculpture, the nominees were Royal Richardson Miree from Alabama, Jason Griego from San Francisco, California, and Victor Aguirre from Las Vegas; New Media, the nominees were Melanie Moore from Chicago, Illinois, Royal Richardson Miree, and Jason Griego; Acrylics, the nominees were Michael Godard (my favorite, who said he wants ordinary people to be able to afford his art), Dean Rubino from Las Vegas and Madalina Nicola from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Delia Solari. (Photo of VCO's Marleen with Dr. John Alexander.)|
If you are interested in submitting work for next year's prestigious ARTV Awards, go to Welcome to ARTV Awards. If you would like to attend next year's award ceremonies, you should plan early – this year's event was so well-attended, we were besieged for the latecomer seats at our table. Late arrivals had to negotiate at the front door. Finally, other tables were added to the already filled to capacity room. If attendance means anything, and it does, Audrey should be very pleased with the evening.
Congratulations to Audrey Roberts and her team, led by publicist Nancy Hill, for a job well done!