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Norma Tuttle wins top honor at 2015 Tribute of the Muses

Newcomer Tania Bolin wins Helios award

YUMA, Ariz. – The City of Yuma Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission (PARC) presented the 15th Annual Tribute of the Muses Award to Norma Tuttle at a ceremony held at the Historic Yuma Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16. 

The Tribute of the Muses award is given to an individual or group who has shown exemplary devotion and excellence in their field. Tuttle was honored for her ongoing and dedicated passion for the arts and for providing a creative avenue to Yuma's youth for more than 20 years.

She administered a fund created to provide art supplies to local junior and senior high schools while district budgets were cut. Tuttle is also a founding member of the Mountain Shadows Association.

Additionally, she has been an active force in lending her support to two local art galleries in Yuma: The Gandolfo Gallery and the former Village Art Gallery on Main Street. 

The Helios award, which is given to up-and-coming forces in the art community, was presented to Tania Bolin. This award is given to an outstanding newcomer in the arts as an artist, advocate, or person who supports the arts. 

Bolin is an artist from Yuma, who began her artistic career early in life. Her art is characterized by bright colors and contrasting shapes, and her primary source of inspiration is the Arizona desert. 

Currently, Bolin works at the Foothills Library and has developed art workshops and classes to be offered in the community. 

The selection of the Tribute of the Muses awards is made by the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission and Public Art Committee. The person, persons or group honored reflects acknowledged excellence in a chosen arts field, years of service in the local arts community, leadership, arts advocacy or encouragement of others to become involved in the arts.  

Muse winners represent the visual arts, music, dance, theater or arts philanthropy.  For more information please call the Yuma Art Center at 373-5202.