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Mozier reappointed to arts panel

December 20, 2005

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin recently appointed Jeanne Mozier of Berkeley Springs to a third term on the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

The 15-person statewide commission is responsible for awarding more than $2 million in arts grants annually as well as creating long range plans for development of the arts.

"My focus on the Commission will continue to be developing arts capacity in small communities throughout the state," said Mozier, who has served on the commission since 1999. "Whenever we ask the public, they consistently want art in their own locale."

Mozier also underlined her support for grants to individual artists. "By developing our artists through help with training and equipment as well as awards for excellence, we are building an irreplaceable asset for both cultural and economic life in the state," she said.

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Mozier also is chairwoman of the Governor's Arts Awards, an Executive Committee member of Arts Advocacy of West Virginia, and an involved planner for three statewide Arts Assemblies in the 1990s and one scheduled for April 2006.

In December 2004, Mozier received the Distinguished West Virginian award for her work in the arts.

An award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction, Mozier's most recent book is the newly released "Wonders of West Virginia," a coffee table volume co-authored with noted photographer, Steve Shaluta. Mozier has lived in Berkeley Springs since 1977. She and her husband, Jack Soronen, own and operate the Star Theatre.

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