Northfield to honor Myrna Johnson and Ray Jacobson as our first Living Treasures

Philip Spensley Myrna Johnson Ray Jacobson
Philip Spensley (left), chair of the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission, stopped by my corner office at the GBM this morning to remind me about Monday night’s big wingding at the Grand Event Center honoring  Myrna Johnson and Ray Jacobson, the first two recipients of the Northfield Living Treasures Award Program (PDF). Philip emailed me this info:

The Arts and Culture Commission wishes to invite everyone in the community to a celebration on Monday, Dec 13, at 7 pm, at the Grand, to honor the first two recipients of its newly created Northfield Living Treasure Award.  Mayor Mary Rossing will present the award to Ray Jacobson and Myrna Johnson for their generous, significant and lengthy contributions to art and culture in Northfield. 

Ray, an internationally renowned sculptor and former Art Professor at Carleton, notably designed and created the stunning and delightful bronze fountain in Bridge Square, as well as the recent "Harvest" sculpture along the riverwalk near the 5th St Bridge which celebrates Northfield’s sesquicentennial. 

Myrna was a founder of the Northfield Arts Guild, now 50 years young, which has given opportunity to generations of local professional and amateur artists and performers to showcase their work and to develop their skills.  For many years Myrna served as its director of theatre, as a fundraiser, and still continues to serve as its archivist.

The community is warmly invited to celebrate and honor Myrna’s and Ray’s outstanding achievements and service.

See the Northfield.org blog post by Jane McWilliams for more details on the event and the Oct 26 Northfield News article (pictured in the photo with Philip).

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