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2006 Arts & Heritage Award Winners

2006 Chronicle Journal Awards

  • Arts - Vesa Peltonen
  • Heritage - John Ferris
  • Organization - Thunder Bay BLuegrass & Acoustic Music Guild
  • Emerging Youth Artist - Sarah Furlotte

2006 Winners

Vesa Peltonen
 is a talented artist, designer and teacher who has spent many years working in the field of visual arts. His efforts in the Bi-National art exchange / exhibition project brought much attention to the region from national and local media as well as the Ontario Arts Council. Over the years, Vesa has participated in many exhibitions and has been recognized through awards, commissions, volunteer work, and has also been appointed as an arts advisor.

John Ferris has been involved with the arts since he was four years old. Today, he has become well known for his leadership in the aboriginal community by promoting their artistic values as well as the importance of their creations. John has brought together artisans for the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Art Shows and from that created the AAGNO Group. His leadership also extends to teaching art to the inmates at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre and at the Creighton Youth Detention Centre.

Thunder Bay Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Guild has been providing the opportunity for those interested in the art of jamming to play with others throughout various city venues. Through regular jams, workshops, and musical instruction, members become motivated to improve their musical ability. In addition to artistic workshops, they have provided concerts to raise funds for community charities. Their contributions to the community have educated and created awareness of Bluegrass and Acoustic Music.

Sarah Furlotte is a third year, visual arts student at Lakehead University as well as prop coordinator for Magnus Theatre. Her exhibits have been displayed at Calico Coffee House, the Rainge Gallery above the Painted Turtle Art Shop and the Thunder Bay Art Gallery.  As an enthusiastic supporter of the arts, she sits on the board for the Lakehead University Visual Arts Network (VAN). There, she inspires others to become more involved in the arts community, both inside and outside of school.