Spirit of Carefree Award Recipient for 2016, Steve Woods

The first Spirit of Carefree Award was first announced in 2014, underwritten by Sanderson Lincoln, as part of its "giving back to the communities" effort, and is now an annual award given to a Carefree resident who shows above-and-beyond dedication to the community and its residents. 

Spirit of Carefree Recipients
2016 Award Winner Steve Woods
2015 Award Winner Harry Vardakis   
2014 Award Winner David Schwan
2013 Award Winner Arthur Gimson
Left: Mayor Les Peterson with Award winner Steve Woods, Owner of Tech4Life

The Spirit of Carefree award consists of a dichroic glass sculptor, handcrafted by local glass artisan, Peggy Pettigrew Stewart, who is known for her fascination with light and prismatic color in her glass art. Authorized and blessed by the Hopi Tribe and Clan, thereby protecting the spirit, the glass is a portrait of a life mask of Native Hopi, Chief of the Blue Bird Tribe, Lance Polingyouma. He is currently the oral historian for the tribe and works for the Heard Museum. The colors of the glass change with the light and tend to mimic the desert sunrise and sunsets seen over Black Mountain due to the native minerals of gold, copper and silver formed and melted into the glass at 1600 °F degrees. More on Peggy and her gallery at:

Harry Vardakis with Spirit Award
From Left: Glass Artisan, Peggy Pettigrew Stewart and 2015 award winner Harry Vardakis alongside Mayor Les Peterson