A Hamilton artist with a long career in wardrobe, props and set design has been honoured for lifetime achievement at the City of Hamilton Arts Awards.
For nearly 50 years, Richard Owen has worked in professional theatre and television production. He was honoured, along with 18 other artists, at a ceremony at Mohawk College on Monday night.
Owen has done scenery and costumes for children's shows. He has staged operas and ballets, and toured with Broadway shows.
His resume includes such memorable Hamilton staples as Tiny Talent Time, and he has worked with the Hamilton Philharmonic, Hamilton Opera Company and Hamilton Place.Richard Owen accepts a lifetime achievement award at the City of Hamilton Arts Awards. (Courtesy of Marta Hewson)
He has also taught welding for sculpture at Mohawk College and owns the Richard Owen Studio at 170 John St. S.
“There is little in the area of music, theatre or visual arts that doesn't have Richard's fingerprints all over it,” said Coun. Jason Farr in presenting the award to Owen.
The sold-out gala drew nearly 500 people, said Jennifer Kaye, the city's manager of arts and events.
“It's important to recognize achievements in the local arts community, especially at a time when our arts community is growing and vibrant and visible,” she said.
The awards “are a chance for the arts community to get together and celebrate,” she said.
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Emerging artist: Sara Traficante
Established: Emma Rush
Emerging: Christian Cowsill
Established: Matt McInnes
Emerging: Becky Katz
Established: Adam Getty
Emerging: Jennifer Jones
Established: Colette Kendall
Emerging: Stephanie Yantsis
Established: Christopher Reid Flock
Emerging: Paul Blair Leithwood
Established: Liss Platt
Emerging: Laura Marotta
Established: Nora Hutchinson
Emerging: Aaron Hutchison
Established: Vitek Wincza
Emerging: Renee Jackson