The honor is bestowed upon retiring board members who have given a significant amount of their time over a long period of time, and who have made a positive impact on the arts center.
Lee, of Inlet, whose service on the board has covered the better part of 30 years, currently serves as board secretary and is a member of the executive board.
Aside from his dedication to the board, he has led a variety of nature walks and is present at most of VIEW’s performances and events, according to VIEW Executive Director Jennifer Potter Hayes.
“Gary has worn many hats since I have been here,” Potter Hayes said. “He was always available through the construction and settling phases of the new art center. And beyond that he brings in buckets of his own plants and flowers to enhance the beauty of our property. It’s a loving gesture and a personal service…we call him our own Johnny Appleseed,” Potter Hayes said.
The ANEAW show features the work of over 70 artists who come from all across the United States and Canada.
The opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include live music and hors d’oeuvres.
Admission is free of charge and open to the public.