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City Arts Awards fete slated for Aug. at Governor's Inn

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ROCHESTER - The city will celebrate its burgeoning arts scene next month at the Rochester Arts Awards.

The Rochester Arts Awards will highlight the outstanding work of Rochester artists and arts groups who have contributed to the city's artistic and cultural offerings. The event will be held on Monday, Aug. 13, at The Governors's Inn at 78 Wakefield St., beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The following businesses and individuals will be honored for their efforts. Artisan Gallery for opening a new gallery in downtown Rochester, Studley's Flower Gardens for downtown beautification, Rochester Main Street for the Festival of Trees event, Curlie's Comedy Club for bringing new entertainment to Rochester, Maple Street Magnet School for the "Discover Rochester" project, Rochester Social Club for supporting the arts through volunteerism, Strafford Wind Symphony for entertaining Rochester residents for many years, The Governor's Inn for the Murder Mysteries, Rochester Opera House for the new downtown Performance & Arts Center, HRCU for donating to the arts, and finally a special award will be given to Ralph DiBernardo from Jetpack Comics for his contribution to arts and entertainment efforts.

People's Choice nominations can be emailed to the commission via www.rochesternharts.org.

"It's a great honor for the City of Rochester's Arts & Culture Commission to recognize the artists and cultural organizations that are bringing spectacular performances, artwork and services to the community. The annual Arts Awards is a great celebration of the wonderful honorees," Arts and Culture Commission Chair Matt Wyatt said. The public is encouraged to attend the ceremony.

The vending will be hosted by Wyatt. There will also be entertainment by the Granite State Coral Society, a poem read by Poet Laureate Katie Hogan O'Connor, light refreshments, and a cash bar.

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