Mary Lou Zeek (2012 Achievement Award)

An arts educator, Mary Lou has been a studio potter for 28 years. She opened the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery downtown in 2001 and has been a leader in promoting arts in Salem. Her outside-the-box thinking and inclusion of artists and neighboring retailers have helped revitalize downtown life in Salem. She currently serves on the Salem Arts Commission and the Oregon Artists Foundation. She is regularly rated a “Top Retailer” by NICHE Magazine, in 2005 was named by Oregon Business Magazine as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For,” and in 2007 won the Salem Chamber of Commerce “Distinguished Service Award.”