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Updated: 06/08/2014 08:00:02AM

Charlie Awards spotlight arts supporters

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Maestro Raffaele Ponti, music director and conductor for the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, explained to the audience how art inspires art before the start of a January concert that featured artwork in the lobby by members of the Visual Arts Center in Punta Gorda. The CSO is this year's Charlie Award honoree for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.

By BARBARA BEAN-MELLINGER

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A painter, an actor, a group of musicians, and an organization that has worked tirelessly through the years to prove that the arts are good for business — these are the 2014 Charlie Award honorees who will be recognized Thursday by the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County. This is the 18th year the Charlie Awards have honored those who have made exceptional contributions to the arts.

Ralph and Beverly Yankwitt are artists in their own right. Beverly is a painter, and Ralph has performed with the Charlotte Players. In addition to expressing their artistic abilities, though, the Yankwitts are always there to support arts organizations, said Judy Malbuisson, executive director of the Arts & Humanities Council.

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