Suzanne Holtkamp, one of the owners of Holtkamp HVAC, proudly received the ArtWorks Gwinnett Fusion Award for Arts Volunteer of the Year.
This was the 2nd Annual Fusion Awards, an event that highlights the artistic achievements of Gwinnett County by bringing together artists, arts organizations and philanthropists to celebrate the growing Gwinnett art community.
Below, Suzanne and her husband Matthew enjoy a meal prior to the awards presentation.
The event took place at the majestic new Buford Community Center and Theatre, beginning with a delicious spread of heavy appetizers in the upstairs ballroom. After these tasty treats and time spent mingling, guests gathered in the Silvia Beard Theatre for the awards ceremony.
To celebrate the arts, there were several performances throughout the show by the Royal Dance Academy, Zephyr Instrumental, ADvocate Arts, Herman Pennamon and the Aurora Theatre. (Holtkamp HVAC is a proud sponsor of the Aurora Theatre)
There were several recipients of award plaques (full list here), and when the category of Arts Volunteer of the Year was announced, we were thrilled to hear Suzanne’s name. She received this recognition for her efforts in organizing the “Off the Hook” rug exhibit at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center.
This gave the local community a rare chance to see 200+ handmade hook rugs from 52 artists ranging from traditional antique works to contemporary geometric compositions.
Here is an interview Suzanne gave ArtWorks Gwinnett when the exhibit was going up last summer. In the interview, she discusses her involvement in the arts, her passion for rug hooking and how the exhibit came about.
For years, Suzanne has worked tirelessly throughout the community for many worthy causes including the Holtkamp Can Challenge. This campaign has inspired food drives throughout Gwinnett County, raising many tons of food for local food banks and highlighted the issue of hunger.