Reg Huston, Philanthropist

Reg Huston founded the S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County in 2009 to support youth-related theater in the county, later changing to support all youth-related performing arts. To date the Foundation has distributed more than one million dollars! Originally from Sacramento, Reg was trained as an opera singer with Bachelor and Master Degrees from The University of the Pacific, and he continued studies in Vienna. His operatic career took him around the US. Reg settled here to raise his family and has worked with Hidden Valley Music Seminars and Youth Music Monterey where he helped found their award-winning South County Strings program. Reg is also a treasured singer, actor and director.

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Alan Silvestri

Alan Anthony Silvestri (born March 26, 1950) is an American composer and conductor known for his film and television scores. He is best known for his frequent collaboration with Robert Zemeckis, composing for such major hit films as the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Forrest Gump, as well as the superhero films Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, and Avengers: Infinity War. His other film scores include The Delta Force, Predator and its sequel Predator 2, The Abyss, Stuart little 12, The Mummy Returns, Lilo & Stitch, Night at the Museum and Ready Player One. He is a two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominee, and a three-time Saturn Award and Primetime Emmy Award recipient.

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Ramón Silva Ruelas

Ramón Silva Ruelas has dedicated his life to teaching and transmitting the love of Mexican Folklore to the East Salinas community through his non-profit Tonatiuh -Danzantes del Quinto Sol. As founder and director, Ramón works tirelessly with his dance troupe to ensure that each performance is remarkable. He has provided free dance classes, cultural performances and lecture demonstrations for more than 25 years.

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Richard Bains Musician Teacher CSUMB

As a founding faculty member and Chair of the MPA Department he is responsible for coordination and development of all music and performing arts learning experiences at CSUMB. Professor Bains is the former Director of Education Programs for the San Francisco Symphony. His responsibilities included producing and presenting Educational programs to communities and schools as well as directing the operation of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra.

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Mari Kloeppel Monterey Artist Conservationist

Mari Kloeppel is drawn to paint through sheer passion for her subjects-animals.  The species matters less to her than the personal connection she shares with the animal.  For Kloeppel, it is beauty and familiarity that resonate most.  Most she knows well, having lived with them for years at her rural home in Elkhorn, north of the Monterey Peninsula.  Others she has encountered through animal rescues or friends.  Her work epitomizes an emotional connection versus an anatomical documentation.

While Kloeppel’s complex time-consuming technique is certainly traditional, her approach to painting animals is not.  That her animals are beautiful is nothing new to art history, but these animals are also heroic.  These are portraits.  As in her depictions of domesticated animals,  Kloeppel’s “wild” creatures retain distinct identities, although they do not exactly embody nature untamed.  In these, there is often a subtle melancholy, for these creatures do not exist in a world that is entirely their own.  As in her domestic depictions of horses, dogs, and rabbits, which may sport brands, collars, and other evidence of man’s presence, the accoutrements that the artist sometimes includes in her depictions of birds make clear that these no longer symbolize a purely wild, avian freedom, but instead are embodiments of a desire for freedom that can no longer be.   She finds beauty and intelligence in them all and within them discovers her muse.

Kloeppel has also dedicated her life to rescuing wildlife and domestic animals with local organizations and also preserving habitat for the native animals of Central Coastal California.  Working with volunteers from her community she advocates for protection of the watershed of Elkhorn Slough and Northern Monterey County.  Working with local decision-makers, Kloeppel advocates for the adoption of strong policies against inappropriate development that would diminish the natural environment needed to support the wildlife of the area.

The environmental protection organization that she and her husband founded over a decade ago and continue to co-chair is Friends, Artists and Neighbors of Elkhorn Slough.

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Andrew Jackson Monterey Artist

Working Fine Artist since 1991, Andrew Jackson brings to the Outer Edge Studio, his 20 year experience of working with galleries, publishers, collectors, and Artists.

Previously the youngest gallery owner in Carmel by-the-Sea, CA, Andrew opened and ran his One-Man gallery from 1995 thru 1998. He worked as a color specialist, proofing and color correcting fine art Giclee prints, for Silvergraph Studios. Design credits include, the Color Wheel Co. “Grayscale and Value finder” and his self published “Intensity Wheel, a color mixing guide”.

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