Gov. Sarah Palin chose an Anchorage writer, a Chickaloon storyteller, and a Fairbanks arts administrator to receive 2007 Governor’s Awards for the Arts.
Artist of the Year
Dana Stabenow, Homer
Stabenow’s first science fiction novel, “Second Star,” was published in 1991. Her first thriller, “Blindfold Game,” made the New York Times bestseller list. Upcoming projects include her 24th novel, “Prepared for Rage,” which will be released in February 2008.
Margaret Nick Cooke Award for Native Arts and Languages
Katherine Wade, Chickaloon
Wade serves as the Chickaloon Traditional Council Advisor and as official Clan Grandmother. An Ahtna storyteller and teacher, she helped create the Ya Ne Dah Ah School, which is designed to preserve the clan’s culture.
Distinguished Arts Advocacy Award
Jo Ryman Scott, Fairbanks
In 1985, Ryman Scott co-founded the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, which has grown from 100 to more than 1,000 participants annually over the past 27 years. She still houses the offices for the festival in her home.
Arts Business Leadership
Holland America Line
For a decade, cruise company Holland America has provided support for Alaskan arts and culture organizations, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.
Awards, created by Homer artist Carla Potter, will be presented at a dinner Oct. 26 in the Fairbanks Princess Lodge.
-- Sarah Henning