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October 3, 2013

Fall Arts Luncheon celebrates link between local businesses, arts

NORMAN — Norman businesses and artists were brought together Wednesday during the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s annual Fall Arts Luncheon to honor those who support the arts in Norman

Laura Ingram, business and the arts committee chair, said one of the event’s purposes was to introduce businesses to local talent they hadn’t had the chance to meet.

Luncheon attendees enjoyed musical entertainment provided by Michael Bendure, Richard “Daddy” Love, the University of Oklahoma Opera Theatre and Sooner Theatre. For the OU Opera, Patricia Westley, Rodney Westbrook and Betsy Hays performed selections from “L’Elisir d’Amore.” The opera will open Oct. 17 at OU.

Brandon Adams, artistic director of Sooner Theatre, and Gwen Walker, OU voice professor, performed selections from “The Full Monty,” which will open Oct. 18 and run for two weeks.

Additionally, Addison Baker, a seventh-grader at Whittier Middle School, and Brooke Lashar, a freshman at Norman North High School, performed “What is this Feeling” from the musical “Wicked.”

The 2013 Norman Arts Council award winners included Fredgren’s Quality Works, business in the arts; Hannah Cruz, business person in the arts; and First American Bank, business in the arts.

Susan Greer, Norman Arts Council president, said Fredgren’s Quality Works was selected for its restoration of historical homes and that such reliable service from Fredgren’s was invaluable to nonprofits within the artist community.

Erinn Gavaghan, executive director of the Norman Arts Council, described winner Hannah Cruz, arts and entertainment editor of The Norman Transcript, as an asset to the community.

“With NTown, she has dramatically changed the way arts are represented in the community to the benefit of the arts,” Gavaghan said.

When accepting her award, Cruz said the arts have always been a part of her life and that she was grateful to work with Norman artists.

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