Two Evanston arts groups and a business that supports the arts were honored at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored luncheon today.

Kristen Kaza of Whole Foods with Penny Rotheiser, co-chair of the Arts and Business Committee.

Kristen Kaza, marketing director for Whole Foods in Evanston, accepted a hand-made glass piece from Chaos Glass Studio in Evanston, for Whole Foods’ ongoing support of arts organizations in the community. The award was presented by Penny Rotheiser and Paul Giddings, co-chairs of the Arts and Business Committee of the Evanston Arts Council.

John Szoztek receives his award from Mayor Morton.

Mayor Lorraine Morton presented the Mayor’s Awards for the Arts individual award to John Szoztek for nearly three decades of promoting arts efforts in Evanston, including the Custer’s Last Stand Festival of the Arts, the Evanston Arts Depot and its resident troupe, the Piccolo Theatre. And she honored The Musical Offering, a music school located at 743 Custer St., represented by Rick Ferguson, with the group arts award.

Rick Ferguson with the mayor.

Both received framed prints by Evanston artist Elizabeth Ockwell.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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