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ArtWalk festival honors locals with establishment of new awards

Mission Federal ArtWalk, reported as the largest fine arts festival in Southern California, recognized six figures influential in supporting local artists, honoring them with the first-ever Artie Awards.

Presented Wednesday night at the Westgate Hotel in downtown San Diego, the awards were established in honor of the ArtWalk's 30th anniversary.

Winners included Remedios Gomez Arnau, the Consul General of Mexico; Rana Sampson, the wife of former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and a local nonprofit leader; Constance White, art program manager for the San Diego International Airport; Patricia Frischer, coordinator at San Diego Visual Arts Network; Debra Schwartz, CEO of Mission Federal Credit Union and her colleague Neville Billimoria, Mission Federal's senior vice president of membership/marketing and chief advocacy officer.

As part of the preview event leading to the awards presentation, interim San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria presented a proclamation to commemorate Mission Federal Credit Union’s support of the arts. The preview also included the unveiling of this year’s featured artists.

Sandi Cottrell, managing director for ArtWalk San Diego, said the Artie Awards stand as a way of recognizing individuals "who appreciate the power of art and help us use it to connect communities.”

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Debra Schwartz

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