Corning, NY (WENY) -- The arts council of the southern tier honored members of the community.

Three people were recognized for their artistic impact. The art council recognized a business owner, a teacher and a renowned choreographer. All of them have some tie to the southern tier, like Kylene Kiah, the owner of wine and design. But they all represent the power of art in the community.

This years recipients represent a wide spectrum of talents from dance to painting. The celebration was held inside the 171-cedar arts center auditorium. David Quackenbush was among the honorees for his role in bringing music to the high school learning center. Lois Welk, was awarded the lifetime service award for her work teaching dance and being a master collaborator.

“It's just so nice to be recognized within a community that has so much art and so many artists and so this is a very sweet night for me.” said Quackenbush.
“I wouldn't be in Corning, New York, and when I say Corning I mean the bigger greater region of Corning if it wasn't for 171 Cedar, so this is a very sweet night for me.” said Welk.
“These three folks all love their community and they all love the big and the small and that really shows in all that they do.” said Dr. Connie Sullivan-Blum.
The next major event on the art councils list is their recycling fashion show.