Earlier this evening, Friday November 5th, the Bucci family awarded the 2014 Ronna Bucci & Dr. Charles Dietz artist award to one very talented local artist.
Jennifer Sands was the recipient of this year’s award and the 500 dollars attached. This particular award is given out every winter to an artist who intends to make a living by creating art.
“It’s a wonderful award that went to an artist who is trying to make a living as an artist,” said Mary Ann Bucci. “It’s an adult artist award, and we’re just really fortunate to give it every year in memory of our daughter and Dr. Charles Dietz. It’s funded by the community through the community foundation. ”
Several years ago, the Bucci’s lost their daughter, who was also a talented artist. In her memory, they created the award that was presented tonight. For Sands, who grew up down the street from the Bucci family, tonight was about more than just the award.
“It was really moving for me, I actually lived down the street from them growing up, so I knew the Bucci’s really well. So it was really really nice to be a part of it.”
Sands has recently begun to delve into tapestry weaving, and plans to use the money she was awarded tonight to fund this new interest.