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The Margaretta Nettles Award for Excellence in the Visual and Performing Arts 2017 was awarded by the Nantucket Arts Council to island weaver Cara DeHeart.

The $2,500 award recognizes an individual in our community for excellence in the arts. The award was presented at the NAC Board's annual December meeting at Atlas Restaurant on December 20th.  Established in 2004 by husband James Nettles and daughter Anita Nettles, the award honors the memory of Margareta Nettles whose life-long weaving included works hung in museums and were commissioned by many prominent people. Cara DeHeart is a weaver at Nantucket Looms and also owns her own studio called Seaweaver where she experiments expanding her skills with new techniques and concepts, and to experiment with drafting original designs and functional a