Dr. William Benjamin Ardrey, a well-known Rock Hill pediatrician for more than 30 years, was an extraordinary volunteer and active in community groups, including the Arts Council. This award, named in his honor, is given to those individuals who display enthusiasm for, and dedicated volunteer commitment to promote the arts in York County. The 2019 recipient of the Ben Ardrey Volunteer of the Year’s commitment to the arts knows no bounds.
2019 RECIPIENT | DR. BRADLEY SABELLI
Dr. Bradley Sabelli was the catalyst for many Catawba River Art Guild activities as president from 2014 – 2018. He secured guest artist presentations, involved the group in activities like Come Draw With Me, Earth Day, Harry Potter Science, and Piedmont Exhibition Events at the Museum of York County, and advocated for the exhibition of local artwork in local venues such as banks, restaurants, and galleries. Brad continues to work with local organizations to bring the arts to all local and regional communities, and never misses a chance to promote the arts and to encourage artists. He pitches in, and often leads. When there is a need or opportunity involving arts in our community. He is a mentor, educator, and organizer of the arts. He serves on the Fewell Park Advisory Board where he teaches classes throughout the year with a focus on offering high-quality, affordable classes. Sabelli is not only a member of the Arts Council, but he also serves as a workshop leader and event photographer as well. He can also be found teaching art classes at Gallery 120 in Clover, SC.
An artist in his own right, Dr. Sabelli has exhibited in galleries in Washington, D. C., Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Virginia, and South Carolina, and his artwork is held in private collections across the country. He contributes to local non-profit fundraising auction events, participates in the Rock Hill School District 3’s Art and Art Education program, serves as an adjudicator for the Fort Mill Public Art Show and for the York County High Schools Art Show. Sabelli’s theatrical designs have appeared on the stage across the US.