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Fine Arts Club honors artists with visual and performing arts awards

June 18, 2004

The Fine Arts Club of Pasadena presented its annual Visual Art Award and the Performing Art Awards at its year-end banquet held Monday, June 7 at the Athenaeum, Caltech, in Pasadena.

The Visual Art Award was presented by Susanne Belcher, chair of the awards committee, to Marina Hajek of Pasadena. Hajek was eligible to participate in the Fine Arts Club award as a student enrolled in art classes at Pasadena City College. She was selected to receive the monetary award by a jury of art professors at the Community College. Her work in sculpting which garnered the award was on display for banquet attendees. Mrs. Hajek was handed a check for $1,500 from Belcher.

Performing Arts honorees were selected following an audition of student violin and piano teams. The audition drew several dozen musician teams to California State University, Northridge, where they were judged by professors David Aks and Donald Goodman of the college's Music Department.

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Chair of the Performing Arts Awards, Robert Barbera, presented a check for $1,000 to the second place winners,: Israel Heller, violinist, and his accompanist, Rina Schloss. First place winners were vioinist Noriko Yamaga and her accompanist Hiromi Maruyama were awarded $2,000. Heller and Schloss are students at Cal State Northridge; Yamaga and Maruyama study at the California Institute for the Arts in Valencia.

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