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Thirteen gold awards were presented at the 31st annual Art Directors/Communicators of Buffalo dinner and awards show over the weekend in the Connecticut Street Armory.

The Best of Show Award was presented to Donna Stanton and Robert Hirsch III for their poster/invitation promoting the Art Directors/Communicators club's CLIO award program. The poster features a hand-colored black and white photograph of a bare lightbulb hanging in an empty room in the old Pierce Arrow Building.

"The point of the poster was to suggest the concept of a 'creative light' that goes on in the minds of creative people, because the CLIO awards recognize the best television spots worldwide," said Hirsch.

Ms. Stanton, a designer, is president of Donna Stanton Design. Hirsch, a photographer, is president of Photown Studios Inc., as well as current president of the Art Directors/Communicators group.

In addition to the gold awards, 53 silver awards, 106 bronze awards and 128 honorable mentions were presented. More than 750 pieces were entered in the competition.

Winners of the gold awards were:

Tod Martin for Consumer Magazine Ads/Campaign; Rob Baiocco, Levy King & White for trade ads campaign; Jean Schweikhard, Andrew Bernstein (Crowley Webb & Assoc.) for newspapers ads; Ms. Stanton and Hirsch for Art Directors/Communicators; Alan Kegler, Scott Fricker (University of Buffalo) for consumer promotion campaign; David Buck, James Mattiucci (Crowley Webb & Associates), for catalog; Siobhan Nehin (Levy, King & White), for brochures.

Also, Mitch Flynn and Jane Marinsky (Flynn & Friends) direct mail trade campaign for M & T Bank; Barry Fitzgerald for color illustration; Jane Marinsky for color illustration; Joel and Peter Johnson for color illustration; Alan Kegler and Steve James, announcement for Art Directors/Communicators; Siobhan Nehin for announcement, and Paul and Bonnie Cotter for their baby announcement.

The Art Directors/Communicators' show recognizes outstanding work of creative individuals rather than the ad agencies they work for.

The show will be on display in the lobby of Goldome Center throughout July.

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