Every year, it’s my responsibility (and great honor) to choose a handful of Santa Cruz artists and/or arts supporters for the Gail Rich Awards, a designation we give to creative people in our community who deserve a moment of recognition.
This is the 11th year of the “Gailies,” and we won’t officially announce the choice in the Sentinel until Jan. 7. But, we’re letting the word leak out here. The winners this year include:
Costume designer Maria Crush
Musician Don McCaslin
Chef Joszeph Schulz
Drummer and bandleader Jimmy Norris
Artist Daniella Woolf
Poet and film critic Morton Marcus
Cabrillo Music Festival directors Ellen Primack and Tom Fredericks
A cappella singing trio Mayim
My partner in this venture, photographer Shmuel Thaler, is putting together some great portraits, which will be published Jan. 7. Then comes our annual reception at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center Jan. 31.