Honorable Mention Paul Lucas as Artist of the Year 2020.

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A love for music has earned Paul Lucas honorable mention as “Artist of the Year” for 2020.

Lucas is a retired Hillsdale College physics professor who has become widely known as a pianist in the community. In this role, he accompanies services at Trinity Lutheran Church and owns a small piano studio to teach students in the community.

Renee Nestorak, ArtWorks member, said Lucas has been an asset to the community, humbly supporting the music community by offering his talents as an accompanist for various organizations.

“Her time offering her services to fine arts support organizations and her presence in many other fine arts related activities in the community,” Nestorak said.

A reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on September 19 at the Madame Stock Park pavilion. Refreshments will be served. ArtWorks also recognizes its honorary members with a framed certificate.

Due to the pandemic, ArtWorks was unable to host Lucas’ reception last year, said Connie Sexton, reception organizer.

“We’re working hard to do it this year,” Sexton said. “He recently lost his beloved wife, Kristin, and with her illness we didn’t think it was appropriate to hold the reception until now.”

When Nestorak met Lucas many years ago, he was known for his accompaniment with groups such as string recitals, The Marcella Singers and as an accompanist for Hillsdale College. He has also accompanied concerts at the Will Carlton Academy.

He continues to donate his time and his pianist skills to community groups, such as Hillsdale County School of the Arts.

Lucas has also supported the fine arts community through his presence on boards of directors. He is a long-time member of ArtWorks and is secretary of the board.

He was appointed accompanist for the winter music competition and helped coordinate the event in previous years, creating schedules and managing additional duties to keep the competition running smoothly.

Additionally, Lucas is Secretary of the Board of Trustees of Hillsdale County School of the Arts. Its mission is to provide musical opportunities for students of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds in Hillsdale County. He has served on the HCSA Board of Directors since its inception in 2010, helping the organization in a variety of ways.

Nestorak said it was common to see Lucas’s presence in many programs and shows across the region. THE

“I hope other community members can be inspired to interact and volunteer in our fine arts community, as Paul needs to make the arts more vibrant in Hillsdale County,” Nestorak said.


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