Honoring McGough, Tremblay, Leader Bank, Artful Heart 

Geri Tremblay and James McGough at Cyrus Dallin Museum

UPDATED, March 10: The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is honoring Cyrus Dallin Art Museum co-founders James McGough and Geri Tremblay, at left, as its Citizens of the Year, but not Tuesday, March 24.

In thenlight of the current concerns over the possible spread of Covid-19, the chamber has postponed its nannual awards celebration. It will reschedule for a future date..

Also to be recognized are Leader Bank as Business of the Year and the Artful Heart Gallery as Community Business of the Year.

McGough and Tremblay have devoted their time and effort to establishing and improving the museum, at the historic Jefferson Cutter House in Arlington Center.

Leader Bank, which is headquartered in East Arlington, was recognized in 2019 as one of the region’s Top Charitable Contributors by Boston Business Journal.  Opened in 2002, the bank is one of Arlington’s largest employers and is an innovator in community banking. Leader Bank is a strong supporter of many of Arlington’s businesses and nonprofits. Sushil Tuli is the bank’s president and CEO.

The Artful Heart Gallery, owned by Carla Dorato, was chosen as Community Business of the Year for supporting local artists and for hosting multiple fund-raisers throughout the year.  The gallery’s latest initiative is the support of a local safe house for endangered women. In addition, Dorato is a volunteer newscaster at ACMi.

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In her nomination letter for McGough and Tremblay, Heather Leavell, the museum’s curator/director, wrote that the pair “continue to contribute in innumerable ways to the museum’s growth and viability.”

Both are lifelong town residents. McGough is the former owner of Town Barber Shop, and Tremblay was a Latin teacher at Arlington High School for 30 years.

“Heather’s letter outlined the history of the museum’s founding, the collection and conservation of more than 90 works by Dallin, and the constant guidance provided by Jim and Geri,” Beth Locke, chamber executive director, said in a Feb. 25 news release. 

“Our office is on the second floor of the museum, so I have firsthand knowledge of the dedication of this 'dynamic duo' and of the gem of a museum that they have created. The museum is an important feature in the fabric of Arlington as a community that appreciates the importance of arts and culture. We are thrilled to be able to honor Jim and Geri this year.”

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Tickets to the celebration are available on the Chamber’s website (www.arlcc.org) and at Book Rack on Medford Street.  

This news announcement was published Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, and updated March 10.