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The city’s Arts Commission and the Laughing Horse Arts Foundation honored local artists and supporters Saturday evening at Gallery One.

The event was called Hurrah! (An Ellensburg Arts Celebration).

Local photographer Rob Fraser was given this year’s City Arts Treasure award, Mollie Edson was honored with this year’s City Arts Supporter award, and Carrie Rehkopf Michel was given the McGiffin award.

Fraser is a native of Ellensburg, a graduate of Ellensburg High School and has 30 years experience as a professional photographer. He is a Jazz in the Valley board member, and founder of Justice for Our Neighbors. Fraser also was recognized for his photos of life in the Shady Acres mobile home park.

Edson came to Ellensburg in 1974 as CWU student and never left. She stayed and raised five children and has worked in every sector of Ellensburg’s economy — city council member, director of CWU’s Cornerstone Program, grant writer, graduate student, entrepreneur, historic building renovator and art gallery owner.

“When she find something, she goes for it,” Arts Commission Chairman Alex Eyre said about Edson.

CWU music professor and violinist Carrie Rehkopf Michel received the McGiffin award, which goes to a person who has made significant contributions in the last year in support of arts events. Michel has helped bring classical music into the community through Classics In Ellensburg, Quiet People and Plants, Mozart for Babies and First Friday Brown Bag performances.

The purpose of the programs has been to bring music to everyone, both young and old.

Promising Arts Leader awards went to Marisa Nelson, Nick Maupoux, and Adrienne Shields for their leadership in music, the performing arts, and dance in the community.


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