WENATCHEE — A music teacher and a visual arts pioneer will be brought on stage today at the Holiday Spice show to receive the Stanley Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee awarded Tamera Lopushinsky in the professional division and Rudi Pauly in the volunteer division.
Lopushinsky is a music teacher at Columbia Elementary and founded the first elementary school mariachi program. Outside of the classroom, she directed the NCW Children’s Choir and the Academy Orchestra for the Icicle Creek Youth Symphony.
Lopushinsky also performs as an accompanist for local music and theater groups, including Columbia Chorale, Music Theatre of Wenatchee, Leavenworth Summer Theater. She recently played organ and piano for Wenatchee High School’s “Phantom of the Opera.”
Pauly helped establish several visual arts groups and galleries through her work with the Little Art Gallery. With Pauly’s enthusiasm, the organization paved the way for The Graves Gallery and Allied Arts, an umbrella organization for the arts in the ’80s. It also planted the seed for what would become the PAC.
In her professional life, Pauly was a travel agent, homemaker and wind surfer business owner. Financially, Pauly supported the Graphic Design Studio at Wenatchee Valley College and Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra. She has also been a board member for Arts on the Avenue and the PAC.
The award was created a decade ago in honor of Bob Stanley, a business owner who gave $1 million toward the creation of the PAC before his death in 1997. Terry Johnson and Glenn Kelly received the award last year.