Nominees Announced for Black Apple Arts and Food Awards Next Saturday

The nominees are in for the inaugural Black Apple Art and Food Awards hosted by the Idle Class Magazine.

The award show will be on Saturday, April 11 at the Garden Room, located at 215 W Dickson Street. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. followed by a live musical performance at 6. There will be a fashion show by Art Amiss at 7, which will lead into the award ceremony at 7:30.  An after-party will be held at Cannibal & Craft on Dickson Street. General admission tickets are $5.  VIP seats are $10.

“The creative spirit in Arkansas is incredibly strong and diverse,” The Idle Class Magazine founding editor Kody Ford says. “When I started the magazine, the goal was to bridge the artistic ‘bubbles’ around our state so people would be aware of all of the exciting things going on.  Now almost three years later, we have decided it is time to celebrate the best and the brightest.  And we wanted to open up the nomination process to the people to speak out about their favorites.”

Rock City/Northwesterner publisher Greg Henderson will be on hand to present the award for best craft beer. A category that includes nominees Core Brewing Company, Ozark Beer Company, and Fossil Cove Brewing Company.

The public voted online from Wednesday, February 26 through Friday, March 26. There were 15 categories for people’s favorites: artisans, musical act, 2D artist, 3D artist, creative agency, filmmaker, performing poet, alcoholic craft beverage, non-alcoholic craft beverage, radio show, fashion photography, theatre company, chef, and local jewelry designer. Any Arkansas-based creative who is currently active in their field was eligible to win. Nominees were announced April 1 at a party at Fayetteville venue Backspace. The winners will receive their awards during the ceremony on April 11.

Other award categories and nominees are:

FAVORITE ARTISAN
American Native Goods
American Estates
Sleet City Signs

FAVORITE ARTIST (2D)
Amber Perrodin
Louis Watts
Sally Nixon

FAVORITE ARTIST (3D)
Hank Kaminsky
Dayton Castleman
Eugene Sargant

FAVORITE FASHION LABEL
Fayettechill
Esque by Leslie Pennel
Brigade Collective

FAVORITE FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER
Jade Howard
Victor Chalfant
Quintin Daniel

FAVORITE MUSICAL ACT
Tyrannosaurus Chicken
Amasa Hines
Pagiins
Shawn James

FAVORITE RADIO SHOW
3B Radio
Ozarks at Large
Shoog Radio

FAVORITE THEATRE COMPANY
TheatreSquared
The Artist’s Laboratory Theatre
Trike Theatre

FAVORITE FILMMAKER
Dan Robinson
Alexander Jeffery
Mark Theideman

FAVORITE CREATIVE AGENCY
BlkBoxLabs
Archetype Productions
Whyte Spyder

FAVORITE CRAFT BEVERAGE (N.A.)
Arsaga’s Coffee
Onyx Coffee Labs
Pink House Alchemy

FAVORITE CRAFT BEER
Core Brewing Company
Ozark Beer Company
Fossil Cove Brewing Company

FAVORITE CHEF
Jason Paul (Heirloom)
Jeremy Gawthrop (Greenhouse Grille)
Matthew Bell (South on Main)
Luke Wetzell (The Hive/Oven & Tap)

FAVORITE JEWELRY MAKER
Arch + Craft
Chain Crochet
Flora & Fauna

FAVORITE PERFORMING POET
Houston Hughes
Kara Bibb
Doug Shields

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Nominees Announced for Black Apple Arts and Food Awards Next Saturday