The John Mason Arts Achievement Award
The “John Mason Arts Achievement Award” was established in 2001, to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development of the arts (dance, music, theatre, literature, visual arts or other art disciplines within the City of Fairfax Community.
2017 Award Winners
Kathleen Stark has been an artist for 30years. In that time she has explored many different mediums and combinations to create her art work. She works in pastel, acrylic, Ink, collage, assemblage and a mix of many of these. Stark studied fine art and art history at The Corcoran School of Art and Design, The University of Hawaii and Northern Virginia Community College. She also took private art classes in Athens, Greece and studied women’s art history at University of Maryland, Frankfurt, Germany. Kathleen Stark’s work can be seen at The Fairfax Art League’s Old Town Hall Gallery and The Village Gallery in City of Fairfax. She has also shown her work in many venues around Virginia and D.C.
Mark H. O’Meara has been an active member of the Fairfax community for over 20 years, dedicated to increasing the film arts in the region. As the owner and operator of University Mall Theatres (1991- present) and Cinema Arts Theatre (1999 – present), he has established countless film programs for the community including Summer Cinema Camp for Kids, Tea-Time Theatre, Classic Movies in the Morning, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (10 years running), monthly film club, senior Wednesdays, film festivals, and fund raising for charities. A vital partner in the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts ArtScreen Film Festival, O’Meara has also held special screenings for various Embassies, churches, independent and local film makers, and film distributors. An active member of the National Association of Theatre Owners, O’Meara has served as the Secretary (2006-2014), National Membership Chair, Mid-Atlantic Region President (2008-2014), Secretary, and Treasurer, and has served on many committees including bylaws, movie theft, security, violence in media, marketing, ratings compliance, and training tapes.
O’Meara has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Math Education from Alfred University, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Education from Alfred University, and a Master of Education degree in College Administration from the Teachers College of Columbia University. He has been the owner/operator of multiple other businesses including The Alfred Sub Shop (1974-1981), Herndon Twin Cinemas (1996-1998), Town Center Cinemas in Sterling (1992-2005), Manassas Cinemas (1993-2008), and Saxbys Coffee Shop (2007-present). He is President of the Athletic Booster Club of Robinson Secondary School, and is a member of the George Mason University Task Force (representing the Braddock District and City of Fairfax), the Fairfax County Sports Committee, and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Braddock District Advisory Committee for Business and Education.
Past Award Recipients
2016 - Jody Stein
2015—Robert Pouliot, City of Fairfax Band
2014—Adam Lister, Kimco Realty
2013 — Ruth & Tom Hill
2012— The Honorable Joan Weaver Cross
2011— Geraldine Sherwood
2010— The Honorable Jane Haycock
2009— Dr. Joseph M. Kanyan
2007— Ellen Brouwer
2005— Geoffrey Steffens
2003— Ray & Sharyl Abell
2002— Bonita Lestina
2001— The Honorable John Mason