Jane Ellithorpe, a longtime Davidson artist, teacher and volunteer, is this year’s recipient of the Town of Davidson’s Jack Burney Community Service Award. The award is given annually by town to recognize the civic contributions of a person or persons. Ms. Ellithorpe will be honored at the annual Jack Burney awards ceremony and breakfast on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 9 a.m. at Town Hall.
“Jane has lived in Davidson 34 years now, and through those years has contributed greatly to the community, sometimes in quiet ways,” said Margo Williams, a Davidson commissioner and member of the Burney Award selection committee.
Ms. Ellithorpe has served the town through her “love of art, her love children and her devotion to volunteering,” Ms. Williams said.
Perhaps best known as an artist, Ms. Ellithorpe also was the first curator of art exhibits in the Town Hall rotunda, from 1999 to 2009. In that role, she has sought out local artists and brought their work to the Town Hall walls. (As it happens, the Burney award reception coincides with an exhibit of Ms. Ellithorpe’s paintings in the Town Hall rotunda.)
Ms. Ellithorpe also has touched people over the years in other ways: Through her work as a Davidson Parks & Recreation art teacher, as a scouting volunteer, and working with Davidson Youth Baseball, where she once organized the concession stand sales. She also was a member of the town’s former Community Appearance Committee, which later evolved into the current Design Review Board.
The Nov. 25 ceremony is open to the public and will include a breakfast and music by the North Mecklenburg Moravian Band. For more about the Burney award, visit the town website.