January 27, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
by Patricia Swan Smith
Cindy Torok will be honored as the recipient of the 2000 Alpine Artisans "ArtBenefactor" at the Sixth Annual Wine and Chocolate Social hosted by the Alpine Artisans, Saturday, February 5th. It will be held at the Emily A Bed and Breakfast from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Emily A is located north of Seeley Lake at mile marker 20 on Highway 83.
The Alpine Artisans Board of Directors present this yearly award as recognition to those in the Seeley-Swan community chosen as special supporters of the arts.
She was chosen as this year's recipient for all of the support she has given the Alpine Artisans year after year. Torok has been a member of the Alpine Artisans since 1991.
She has served as president for two years and volunteered for work with the Loon & Fish Festival and the Wine and Chocolate Social each year. For the past four years, she set up art shows at the Stage Station for students from the Seeley Swan High School and the Swan schools.
She helped with the Seeley Lake Grade School mural in the gym, given sculpture classes and mask making for Halloween.
Besides all of her volunteer work, she's a great artist with many talents. She paints, carves, quilts, spins wool and sews. This year she was hired to help decorate the World Trade Center in New York for Christmas.
She has painted professionally for 20 years. Her art has been at shows throughout the northwest and Canada.
She has received many awards and recognition for her work including Best of Show for two consecutive years at the Great Falls fair and Honorable Mention at the Western Heritage Art Show.
Cindy and her husband Paul moved to Seeley Lake in 1989, and she's worked on many volunteer projects with the community. She's also helping with this year's Wine & Chocolate Social.
She said there will be approximately 50 art pieces available at this year's event.
Among other pieces, oil, pastels and water paintings, carvings, pottery, carpentry pieces, calligraphy, jewelry, photography, basketry and sculptures make up the selection of art work.
The art will be on display at the First Valley Bank from January 27th through February 4th.
The proceeds from this event fund the Alpine Artisans yearly $500 scholarship awarded to a graduating Seeley Swan High School senior.
This year's social will also include Hors d'oeuvres prepared and served by the 7th and 8th Spanish students from Condon Elementary School Spanish. The club will accept donations, which will help them fund their trip to Spain next year.
A silent auction will be followed by a live auction for the art created by the members of the Artisans guild. Wine and wonderful chocolates made by the members will be served. Coffee and soft drinks will also be available.
Admission is $10. Tickets will be available at the door . Your admission may be used toward the purchase of any item.
You may call Marilyn Peterson at 677-FISH or Cindy at 677-2204 for more information.
Come join in on a fun-filled evening and help support the arts and local students.