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Looking Ahead to Next Week When We Name Our MasterMinds Awards Winners

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Last fall we started talking about our new MasterMinds program - a way to recognize some of the best creative talent we have in the Houston area with not only praise, but a bit of money as well. We took in nominations and examples of work through the end of October and then our critics and some of our staff members put their heads together and we came up with a list of best possibilities.

The winners have been chosen and notified. If we didn't call you, sorry, you are not a winner this year. But we'll be looking again next year.

In next week's paper we'll announce the first three MasterMinds winners. They will actually receive their checks and plaques at an 8:45 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, January 24 at the Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street, Houston. It'll all be part of our first-ever Artopia bash which goes from 8 p.m. till 11 p.m. If you want to be there, general admission tickets are still available at $35 each -- $45 at the door. It gets you all the food and drink and art and fashion viewing you can handle in one night.

Check this space next week when we unveil our winners. Make it to the party and see them in person.

-- Margaret Downing

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