Gabriola Arts Council

Arty Award: Dirk Huysman and Mary Ann Richards

dirk huysman receives the arty award trophy on behalf of himself and his partner mary ann richards

Arty Award: Dirk Huysman and Mary Ann Richards

Arty Award: Dirk Huysman and Mary Ann Richards

Arty Award: Dirk Huysman and Mary Ann Richards

Arty Award: Dirk Huysman and Mary Ann Richards

The 2024 Arty Award recipients are Dirk Huysman and the late Dr. Mary Ann Richards of D’Dance Glass

Congratulations to two phenomenal community members and artists – both of whom have contributed greatly to our art community, and one of whom we miss so dearly.

“Their dedication to the arts on Gabriola Island is palpable not only in their craftsmanship but also in their commitment to the community, providing Gabriolans and visitors alike with beautifully crafted art and the invaluable skill of engaging the community and providing demonstrations of the craft (a real treat). Even though the community might not have been actively doing the glassblowing, Mary Ann and Dirk actively involved them in their creative process, a gesture cherished by many as a gift.”

– April Vannini

Thank you for all your contributions to the art community over the past year and prior years. 

We so appreciate all that you do for the Arts on Gabriola!

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