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The winners of the 6th Annual Viola Awards were announced at the Viola Awards Gala on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Viola Awards celebrate excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff.

Over 500 artists, nominees and supporters of the arts and sciences attended the Gala. Brazilian drumming group Sambatuque opened the night with a rousing number, and emcees Tony & Linda Sutera delighted the audience throughout the night. Each nominee was honored with a video shown during the Gala that gave the audience an insight into their work. It began with Brandy’s Restaurant & Bakery taking the Business for the Arts Award; in all, ten different winners were awarded Viola Awards for their hard work and dedication.

Shawn Skabelund took the Viola Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts for his solo exhibition, Virga: The Hunt for Water. Virga, which featured five unique art installations made with natural materials found in the forest, was on display at the Coconino Center for the Arts in September / October 2013.

The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra was awarded in Performing Arts for the Lost In Space concert to open their current season. The concert was a collaboration with the Children’s Chorale of Flagstaff and Lowell Observatory. Other winners included Nicole Walker for her book, Quench Your Thirst With Salt, and Karin Hallberg for Excellence in Arts Education.

Click here to view all the winners. Photos of the winners and from the Photo Booth have been posted on the Coconino Center for the Arts’ Facebook page. More photos will be posted here in the next week.