Arts Recognition Honorees

AC5 Annual Arts Awards

We have honored these recipients of the Arts Recognition Awards for their outstanding achievement and contribution to Contra Costa's arts and culture. Each has advanced the appreciation of the Arts in Contra Costa County.


Richmond RYSE Center Performing Arts

Sylvia Amorino, founder and Artistic Director of Solo Opera

Michael and Shannon Demers

Jay Bedecarre

Lawrence Kohl, past president of the  Orinda Art Council and Pacific Chamber Symphony Music Director


Rhu A. Bigay, Oil painter specializing in Historical aircraft

Pamela Freund-Stiplen, Co-founder of the Gold Coast Players

Peter Maund, Percussionist and founding member of Ensemble Alcatraz


Sylvia Fein, painter

Joel Summerhill, Landscape architect and painter

Silvester Henderson, Music Department Chair, Los Medanos College


Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, San Pablo

Corey Mason, Educator and Founder WorldOne Radio/Festival, El Cerrito

James Phillip Wright, Architect, Orinda


St. Mary’s College Museum of Art

Michelle Seville, Arts/Cultural Manager, City of Richmond

Hershell West, Artist and Arts Advocate


Shogard Butler, Artist

Joan Marable, Arts Educator, Lafayette Partner’s In Education

Mario Scharmer, Artist


Diane Gilfether, Musical Director, Blackhawk Chorus

Anthony McCarty, Founder and Artistic Director, Galatean Players Ensemble

Women Sing, Martin Benvento Artistic Director


No awards


Jerrold Hatchett, Arts Benefactor, Richmond

Joan Landis, Poet

Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, Children’s Author

Oscar Reynolds, Musician

Richmond Art Center