Sky Meadow Country Club, Sunday, March 25, 2018, 11:00 AM
6 Mountain Laurels Drive, Nashua NH

Join us in celebrating the arts and honoring the winners of the 2018 Meri Goyette Arts Awards. The celebration includes a champagne lunch, entertainment, awards ceremony, live and silent auctions and more! Proceeds to benefit City Arts Nashua’s on-going projects and programs -- Fund-A-Need Auction proceeds to benefit the Nashua Performing Arts Center.

Tickets for 2018 :  Price is $55 each. Please select 10 tickets to reserve a table.

Meri Goyette Arts Awards Luncheon 2018
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The Meri Goyette Arts Award Luncheon provides the Greater Nashua arts community and art lovers with an annual gala to Celebrate the Arts, raise funds to help support local arts projects, programs and promotion, recognize key arts supporters, and be entertained by local and state talent. live entertainment, champagne, a three-course lunch, live and silent auctions, fun games and more. This year’s event takes its inspiration from the Greek Muses, featuring Greek-influenced foods, with a nod to the event’s correspondence with Greek Independence Day.

This year, proceeds from the Fund-A-Need Initiative will benefit the Nashua Performing Arts Center Endowment Fund. City Arts Nashua is the first organization in Nashua to donate such funds. There will also be a matching donation of up to $1,000.00 from Nashua City Alderwoman Mary-Ann Melizzi-Golja and her husband, Bogdan.

A new performing arts center in Nashua would provide a new performing space, and therefore, new opportunities for community theater, music, dance and other groups of all genres from all over New Hampshire, and from out of state, to have another resource and location option for performances and programs.

The Nashua Board of Aldermen voted 14-1 in mid February to acquire 201 Main St. — the former Alec’s Shoe Store — for $2 million, and voted 14-1 to issue a $15.5 million bond to pay for the acquisition, construction and equipment costs of the 500- to 700-seat theater. Before the bond is issued, a $4 million private endowment fund must be secured, and City Arts Nashua wants to start the ball rolling.

Photos by Allegra Boverman.

THE 2018 ARTS AWARDS RECIPIENTS: Awards presented by Mayor Jim Donchess.

Arts Hero Award: Paul Shea of Great American Downtown.

Individual: Three-way tie for the three people who established the Picker Collaborative Artists, Gail Moriarty of Colibri Designs and Kathy and Mark Frank of Renaissance Glassworks.

Small Business: Persian Rug Gallery owners (Sy, Fou, and Janet Mahfuz, with Bowie).

Company: Michael Timothy Dining Group.

Three Course Luncheon with Entertainment: Each year the Meri Goyette Arts Award Champagne Luncheon and Auction features three of the best acts in the Nashua area, to keep you entertained while you enjoy your three-course lunch and to showcase our local talent. Live entertainment during this luncheon will include live painting by artist Kristen Wolfe, of Nashua, N.H., live illustration by illustrator Don Higgins, of Derry, N.H. dance from Gate City Ballet & Dance Center of Nashua, and Greek-inspired musical performance by Carol Coronis, of Portsmouth, N.H. See their BIOs below for more information.

Kristen Wolfe: “I have had a love for art for as long as I can remember,” says artist Kristen Wolfe; and it appears be a family trait, as her mother, grandfather and great-grandmother were also artists.

Wolfe graduated from Bridgewater State University in 2007 with a minor in fine art and “a love for acrylic painting.” After graduation, she lived in Boston, where she developed a love and respect for urban street art.

She moved to Nashua in 2014 and started to paint with Positive Street Art. As part of PSA, she contributed to the “Hearts and Minds” mural dedicated to veterans, on Water Street. She won first place in the 2017 Positive Street Art Live Art Battles. 

Don Higgins: In 2017 Don was named Art Director and Art Lead for FASA Games 1879 line.  Last year also saw the publishing of his first "art of" book with the release of "365 - A Character and Creature Concept Art Challenge".

Don's work has been featured by Publishers including Guild of San Marcos; Heroes of Altamira, 77 Worlds; Fireside Creations, Eldritch Enterprises, DwarvenForge, Loxley, and Dilly Green Bean Games.

Don also illustrates for children’s books, noir novels, and web comics. He has worked on two series of books, including the "Harding Hall Mysteries" and "Murphy the Cat" series. Plans are in the works to return to his webcomic “Dark Magic and Donuts”and also to introduce a two more webcomics for FASA games in the Steampunk 1879 setting titled "Ha'Penny Pie" and for Fireside Creations a SciFi Webcomic with the working title "Scum, of the Earth".

Don loves to teach drawing and promotes the philosophies that anyone can draw if they draw what they see, not what they know; and, what we see depends mainly on what we're looking for.

Don’s work can be seen at

Carol Coronis: Seacoast musician and Spotlight Award nominee Carol Coronis has been firing up audiences with her energetic delivery of music in the Balkan/Middle Eastern, Celtic, rock, and American roots genres for two decades.

A member of the NH Traditional Arts and Folklife Listing, Carol performs on the cittern, a 10-stringed "mandolin-on-steroids."  Whether performing solo or with her band, her high-energy vocals and compelling command of the instrument combine to deliver traditional music with an edge.

Coronis released her first album, "girl from thessaly" in 2013.  A collection of thirteen traditional and original songs of music of Greece, Macedonia, Turkey, Arabia, and Ireland, the album features citterns, drums, bass with a visit from a fiddle and an accordion melding to bring this music to a heart-thumping crescendo.

Carol also hosts two radio programs on WUNH radio, keeping alive the traditions of Greek and Celtic music--Aegean Connection and The Ceili Show.  

Silent and Live Auctions:  Go to our auction page to check out our exciting array of 2018 Auction Items for your bidding pleasure including great wines, gift certificates from our generous local merchants and many other items

Our live auction features a: Red Sox Experience, Lunch and Stroll with the Nashua Mayor, Surf Sushi Throwdown, South African Photo Safari, Tour and Lunch at the Currier Museum, and a Private Shopping Experience at Camaraderie Boutique.

Arts and culture are the heart and soul of a community.
A big Thank You to our generous sponsors for supporting this event:

R.J. Finlay

Gate City Charter School

Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union

Allstate Crosby Agency

Intellisoft Group

Lake Sunapee Bank