Four individuals and one corporation were saluted Wednesday night during the ninth annual "Honors in the Arts" program of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
Philanthropist Berenice Jewett Bradshaw, dancer/choreographer Loabelle Mangelson-Clawson, Pat Davis and Charles Morey, both representing achievements in the theater community, and Chevron USA Inc. were honored during a gathering of colleagues from the performing arts and corporate segments of the city.
Mangelson-Clawson probably summed up what many in the audience felt later in the evening while viewing the newly installed Honors in the Arts exhibit.
"I look at all the wonderful photographs in this building, and I see so many of my mentors and friends . . . people who have been instrumental in my life," she said in acknowledging her award.
"Environmental portraits" of the 52 Honors in the Arts recipients from the past decade were officially unveiled Wednesday night in four of the eight hallways flanking Symphony Hall. The photographs, all created and donated by Don Busath, feature a cross-section of Utah's best-known artists in their most familiar surroundings - Keith Engar at Pioneer Memorial Theatre, Willam Christensen in a dance studio, Avard Fairbanks surrounded by sculpture, organist Robert Cundick seated in front of the Tabernacle Organ pipes, dancer Bruce Caldwell in costume on the Capitol Theatre stage, and others.
Charles Morey, artistic director of the Pioneer Theatre Company, said he was first attracted to Utah from New York 61/2 years ago because he felt that the staff at PTC was among the best in the nation.
"I have to revise that statement now and say that my staff is THE best in the nation," he said, noting that theater is the most collaborative of the arts and that he could not have accomplished what he has alone.
Morey also paid tribute to Keith Engar, who had laid the groundwork for PTC's growth, and to University of Utah President Chase Peterson, for his commitment to the theater.
Playwright/actress Pat Davis, who now supervises the resident theater company for Salt Lake Community College (and who is soon moving into the largest theater in the city, the 1,700-seat auditorium at SLCC's new South City campus), quoted a line from "Hello, Dolly" - an appropriate response, since Davis has portrayed matchmaker Dolly Levy on several occasions.
"Dolly once quoted her late husband as saying that `Money is like manure, it won't do any good unless you spread it around and make things grow.' Well, recognition, like we are receiving tonight, helps make old things grow."
Berenice Bradshaw, whose latest contribution to the arts in Salt Lake City is the new Jewett Center for the Arts and Humanities at Westminster College, briefly noted her pleasure at receiving the Honors in the Arts award, then announced that the gift that has pleased her the most has been the establishment of a foundation, through the auspices of Utah State University's intercom network, that will provide all of the books and materials necessary for inmates at the Draper and Gunnison facilities of the Utah State Prison system, enabling them to improve their minds.
Mangelson-Clawson noted the excellence in the arts in Utah, then thanked her mother for the opportunities she had provided in her younger years and acknowledged her own three children "who grew up with a gypsy mother."
L.A. Gyorfi, manager of the Salt Lake refinery complex for Chevron USA Inc., noting that receipt of the award honoring Chevron was most likely his final official act for the company in Utah, since he is being transferred, pointed out the importance of the arts.
They're more than just "the frosting on the cake," he said. "They're an integral part of the area's economic development in helping attract other businesses to Utah."
Following the presentation of the awards to the five 1991 recipients, J. Kevin Bischoff, chairman of the Honors in the Arts committee, noted the outstanding contribution to the program by Don and Donna Busath since the inception of the awards project 10 years ago.
Bischoff estimated that the Busaths had donated nearly $40,000 worth of time and talent in photographing all of the recipients.