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Excellence In Arts And History Nominations Due Soon

And a local man wins prestigious award

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It's no secret that this city is filled with creative people who strive for excellence. But to make sure the creme de la creme of creativity is acknowledged accordingly, Mayor Dave Bieter rewards those most deserving each year as part of the Mayor's Awards for Excellence in Arts and History. The Boise City Department of Arts and History is now accepting nominations.

Any individual or organization is eligible for nomination as long as he/she/it has shown excellence in "distinguished service, creative accomplishment, a record of publication, presentation, or research that enhances the artistic, historic and broader cultural life of the City of Boise."

Awards (eight total) will be presented in the following categories:

­ • Organization: Excellence in the Arts, Excellence in History

• Individual: Excellence in the Arts, Excellence in History

• Business: Support for the Arts, Support for History

­ • Education: Excellence in Art Education, Excellence in History Education

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, March 31, at 3 p.m. Forms can be filled out and submitted online or printed and mailed to: ATTN: Mayor's Awards in Arts and History, Boise City Department of Arts and History, P.O. Box 500, Boise, ID 83701-0500. Visit artsandhistory.cityofboise.org to download a form or call 208-433-4671 to have a hard copy mailed to you. Recipients will be announced on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Speaking of acknowledging excellence, the American Gem Trade Association is paying attention to local carver August Voss.

Voss was recently awarded the Spectrum Cutting Edge Award by the AGTA during the 2011 Gem Show for an intricate piece he carved out of crystal quartz. While the piece is more abstract and shows Voss' ability to create depth and beauty from a stone, he also carves figures out of materials that would seem impossible to transform, such as obsidian. You can find a photo of Voss' winning piece at agta.org.

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