As we wind up 1996, it's nice to be able to share some thank-yous handed out to a number of local arts enthusiasts who made a difference in the arts in Austin this past year. The City of Austin's 1996 Partners in the Arts & Humanities Awards have honored the following for their significant support to the City's arts, humanities, historic preservation, education, and interpretation programs: Vinson & Elkins, L.L.P. for funding scholarships and improvements to the Dougherty Arts Center (DAC); Mary Alice Carnes for chairing Playfest '96; the Austin Circle of Theatres for promoting DAC as a friendly performance space; the Iseley School and AISD Transportation Department for providing transportation to DAC classes; the UT Department of Theatre & Dance dramaturgy classes for assisting with the Texas Young Playwrights program; Zilker Elementary School for staff support and hosting an after-school Creativity Club; Austin American-Statesman arts critic Madeline Irvine for reviewing DAC Gallery exhibitions; Whole Foods Market, Gateway for donating refreshments to DAC Gallery exhibit openings; Waterloo Brewing Company, Billy A. Forrester, Jr. for supporting the O. Henry Museum and underwriting the 1996 "O. Henry Pun-Off"; Austin Optimist Club Downtown for underwriting the O. Henry Museum's "Youth-at-Arts" Writing Clubs; Karen McGraw and Alan Marburger for providing aid and advocacy to the Elisabet Ney Museum; Tom Mendez, Fine Host Corporation for providing 1,440 dyed and boiled Easter eggs and refreshments for Ney Museum events; Deborah Roberts for her "Success Comes in Cans" art program at the George Washington Carver Museum; KGSR 107.1/KROX 101 for donating $40,000 to improve the Zilker Hillside Theatre; Bernie Gonzales for her volunteer work on the Art in Public Places Image Catalog Project; the Austin Area Garden Council for donating $50,000 to fund creation of the Zilker Park Gate; Lanyce Whittemore for co-chairing the Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm's Fall Festival and assisting in fundraising; Friends of the Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm for providing 10,000 hours of volunteer work and advocacy; and Jeanette Nassour for chairing the University Area Partners Task Force for the Beautification of Guadalupe Street. Congratulations, folks, and thanks!

Getting Seen

The Medore von Koffler Studio and Gallery has been accepted for exhibition in one of the world's most exclusive galleries. The esteemed Eleonore Austerer Gallery of San Francisco has invited area glass artists Jay von Koffler and Melissa Medore to feature a collection of their original works, beginning with an exhibition in early 1997. The pieces will share space with works by Picasso, Chagall, Miro, and other legendary artists. If you won't be up in the Bay Area any time soon, you can see Medore and von Koffler's creations in their Hill Country studio, exactly 3.2 miles from Wimberley Square on FM 3237 (Kyle Rd.). Call 512/847-7002 for info.

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