Saturday, August 24, 2019

Jim Guidi awarded 2019 Patron of the Arts

Patron of the Arts Recipient for 2019

Each year since 1999, the Amador County Arts Council, aka AmadorArts, has recognized community members who have contributed their time and energy to promote, encourage and support the arts in Amador County by awarding deserving individuals the Patron of the Arts award. On August 23 at the last TGIF concert of the summer, this prestigious award was presented to Jim Guidi of Jackson who has contributed generously to the arts in our community in a variety of ways.

Guidi has been a fixture on local radio in Amador County for 43 years, starting with KNGT, aka K-Nugget, when he was a weekend “jock,” to today as CEO and President of Mother Lode Broadcasting which operates KVGC AM and FM Radio. Jim Guidi is “Mr. Hometown Radio.” He provides an enormously important communications link for our local rural communities. The radio station (and associated website and facebook page) is where to tune in for info on events, schools, emergency happenings such as fires, traffic, weather, and music and arts events of all kindsJim uses his skills as a broadcast producer/engineer and performance artist to spotlight the very best of our community: school events, safety and disaster preparedness, non-profit services & initiatives, and businesses. Since 2017, Guidi has demonstrated increasing support for the arts in a variety of ways, especially through the broadcasting and performance arts.

Arts Around Amador,which aired from November 2017 through March 2019, was an exciting weekly program highlighting arts education advocacy, local artists and musicians, and all kinds of arts professionals throughout the Mother Lode. The show sought answers to the question: Why is arts education and the Creative Economy important for Amador County?

In July of 2019, Jim Guidi worked with his staff to produced a two-hour celebration of students in poetry. The program featured students from Amador and Argonaut High Schools reciting poems from the Poetry Out Loud curriculum. This show included an in-depth interview with Noah Bunting (Amador ’20), 2019 Amador County Poetry Out Loud Champion, and state finalist.

Jim Guidi, Founder of KVCG Hometown Radio, receives Patron of the Arts Award
from Megan O'Keefe, Executive Director of Amador County Arts Council

The award is an original pencil portrait, not quite finished by Deja Douglas,
Student Director of the Council.

Amador County Arts Council is grateful to Jim Guidi for his many generous donations including both financial support, in-kind donations, and the re-homing of a piano now located in our new space in Jackson. Beyond that, Jim Guidi continuously demonstrates broad support for all arts programs and organizations throughout the Mother Lode.

Not only is Guidi a renowned local, professional performance artist and broadcast engineer/producer, but he is a resource to our entire community. His innovative approaches promote the value of our community as a whole, engage audiences with internet streaming and video, and develop techniques for radio ads that are now used by others in the industry.

Before a packed patio at Terra d’oro Winery, Guidi was presented the Patron of the Arts award by Meghan O’Keefe, Executive Director of AmadorArts. New this year the award is a framed, pencil-drawn portrait of the winner created by AmadorArts Council Student Director Deja Douglas (Argonaut ’20), President of the Argonaut Art Club and 2018 first-place winner of the statewide film competition, Student Voices Campaign.

Awaiting the announcement at the final TGIF concert are members of the Board of Directors and others, including from left, Carol Reid; Lilliana Falco; Christie Lane; Joy Palmer; young artist Maggie Johnston-Swift; Meghan O'Keefe; Pristine Day, recent Amador High graduate holding the portrait; and Emily-Ann Hopkins, Student Director who gave the State of the Arts in Amador Education address. 

Photo by Bill Lavallie



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