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2013 – Deb Cooley

2013 – Deb Cooley

Nomination letter: We had a hard time finding just the right award to attribute to Deb Cooley because as we read the qualifications over and over she just fit all categories of all three awards. We finally settled on the Lee Toy Award because Deb has a special place...

2012 – Robert Brasington

Nomination letter: Robert Brasington’s love of architecture and nature are the foundation for his designs and keen use of color gradients resulting in a recognizable, unique and innovative style.  He has designed and produced literally hundreds of different kites. ...

2011 – Mikio Toki

Nomination letter: The first time we met Mikio was on the beaches of Washington State. He had the most magnificent kite in the air and was talking to a friend of ours. We were introduced and he treated us as long time friends. We talked, or more accurately, he talked...

2010 – Dave & Diane Butler

Nomination letter: Kites as art is a necessarily ambiguous subject. I’ve never been completely confident of where craftsmanship ends and art begins. It is just as well that I don’t judge Comprehensive Kitemaking. I do however appreciate kites that are...

2009 – John Pollock

Nomination letter: I have often been awed by the creativity and artistry of kites I seen at events around the world. But seldom have I been as moved as when I toured the AKA kite art gallery several years ago in Ocean City. I found there the remarkable kites of John...

2008 – Jon Burkhardt

Nomination letter: We wish to nominate for the Leland Toy Memorial Kite Artist of the Year Award our longtime friend JON BURKHARDT. We first met Jon and his kites at the 1979 Maryland Kite Society annual meeting in Baltimore. He flew a beautiful kite, named...