Joe Dan Boyd presents Maryann Miller with the
Trails Country Treasure Award for 2011.
This report was written be Joe Dan Boyd. . .
Maryann Miller, Winnsboro artist of multiple talents, is the 2011 winner of the Trails Country Treasure Award, presented by Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA) to individuals who have made profound contributions to the overall arts scene: local, regional, national or worldwide.
Miller is the sixth recipient of this coveted honor which was created originally to honor 96-year-old poet Odena Brannam who was still an active poet and writer at that age.
The idea was to honor artists with roots in the Trails Country, but whose influence had extended well beyond any geographic area.
At that time, WCA was known as Trails Country Center for the Arts (TCCA), and the board has voted to preserve the original Trails Country designation for its premier honor.
Previous winners include Grahame Hopkins, Helen Burlingham, Ray & LaVonna Hitz, Bill Jones and Odena Brannam.
Miller received the award Sunday, September 25, at a ceremony hosted by Winnsboro Center for the Arts (200 Market St., Winnsboro), where she was introduced by Becky Pickett and presented two tangible awards of recognition (a mounted certificate and a sculpture cast) from Helen Burlingham and Joe Dan Boyd.
All three, Boyd, Burlingham and Pickett, are members of WCA's Treasure Award Committee.
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