Congratulations to the My Own Two Hands awardees!
Awards will be presented at the art auction and party on April 30
Given to the artist and artwork that best exemplifies or interprets the yearly theme.
Americana Folk Award
Given to the artist and artwork that tells a story of the rich and diverse culture of the United States of America — a culture that is rooted in a history of traditions handed down from indigenous and immigrant populations.
Awards of Merit
Given to the artist and artwork as being recognized for excellence in craft, execution and/or interpretation in their chosen medium.
Spirit of Giving Award
Given to the artist, organization, or person that shares generosity of spirit and engagement in the Sisters Folk Festival community, and actively contributes in a positive, meaningful way.
A Sisters High School woodshop volunteer of 10 years, Gabrielle commutes from the Salem area to support SHS students in their creative endeavors. She has donated to the My Own Two Hands art auction since 2017.
Ben Westlund Advocate for the Arts Award
This award is given to the artist, organization, or person who consistently supports, promotes, and perpetuates cultural expression and engagement, seeks to inspire artistic endeavors in others, and advocates for building on the arts economy and thriving arts scene in the region.
Aaron Switzer started the Source Weekly in 1997 as an arts, entertainment and cultural publication for Central Oregon — and in spite of the many threats to journalism endured since then — it is now celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer. Aaron’s commitment to elevating the arts and culture of this community continues not only through the stories the Source produces on music, art, culture, the outdoors and more every single week, but also through his work producing events like Oregon WinterFest, SummerFest and other free events where local artists can put their works on display. On top of that, the Source is a regular sponsor of artists, art events and community cultural events.