July 19, 2006 

Um, remember a couple of months ago when we were bitching about the fact that then-Governor Dirk Kempthorne called off the biennial Governor's Arts Awards (Arts News, "Governor Kempthorne on Arts Awards: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," April 19), and our grudging acknowledgment of then-Lieutenant Governor James Risch for putting them back on (Arts News, On-Again Off-Again Governor's Arts Awards Back On, May 24), as the ICA press release from the Idaho Commission on the Arts put it, "at the urging of numerous other Idahoans"?

So after all the hubbub, the awards continued as they have since being established in 1970. This year's panel of out-of-state jurors has made its recommendations, and from those, the commissioners at the Idaho Commission on the Arts made their recommendations to Gov. Risch. The recipients of the awards and the accompanying silver medallions are as follows: Excellence in the Arts: The Log Cabin Literary Center and artists Kerry Moosman and Charles Gill and musician Chuck Smith; Excellence in Folk & Traditional Arts: Biotzetik Basque Choir; Support of the Arts: Boise Weekly (!) and Steve Gibbs of the Coeur d'Alene gallery The Precious Metals Company; Support of Arts Education: Cathy Sher and Ruth Wright; Excellence in Arts Administration: Patty Miller; Lifetime Achievement: architect Charles Hummel.

We at BW couldn't be prouder, or more surprised--and we don't even feel bad that our raising a ruckus about the whole affair has directly resulted in our receiving a really cool honor. (The fact that Bruce Willis garnered one of these last time around should in no way cheapen the thrill, right?)

The awards will be presented by Gov. Risch on Saturday, October 7, at 7 p.m., at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St. For more information, visit the Idaho Commission on the Arts at www.arts.idaho.gov.

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