Monday, June 4, 2012

Wellington Art Society Awards Scholarships

The Wellington Art Society recently awarded four scholarships to local high school seniors who wish to continue their art studies at college. The art society is in its 30th year and we are thrilled to continue our mission of promoting art in Palm Beach County and supporting local students. We are an organization with over 80 members, both artists and art-lovers. Our talented members are painters, watercolorists, sculptors, photographers, jewelry designers, collage artists, wood turners, wood sculptors, chalk artists. We are constantly impressed by the talent displayed by high school students when they apply for our scholarships. We recently invited these students to our May membership meeting, and we met them and their parents. They each brought a few pieces of art to share.

Allison Parssi is a student at Wellington High School. Her specialty is photography, and she says that it has played a defining role in her life. Her goal is to become a professional photographer. She will start toward that goal as she enters the Rochester Institute of Technology, with the hope of receiving both a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, and later, a Master of Fine Arts. Recently she won first place for the Art Pathfinder Award. We are pleased to award Allison this $1,000 scholarship.

Jane Jun is a student at Jupiter High School. She has taught herself most of her art techniques, and she works with oil painting and pencil. Jane has had artwork in the Jupiter Community Gallery and at ArtiGras, where this year she received second place. She has been accepted to the Pratt Institute in New York. Her goal is to become an art teacher and teach internationally.  We are awarding Jane a $1,000 scholarship.

Kayla Palma is from Wellington and is a student at Dreyfoos School of the Arts. Her most recent artwork shows various pieces of still lifes painted from observation, and are zoomed in so that the objects are much larger. She has attended a summer program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D. C. She will be attending Florida Southern College and working toward an Art Education degree, and eventually receiving her Master’s Degree. We are pleased to award her this $500 scholarship.

Amanda Price is a student at Royal Palm Beach High School. She has studied photography, including analog and digital photography, as well as computer graphics. She has exhibited at the Norton Museum of Art. She also submitted a portfolio of her work to the Scholastic Art Competition and was awarded a Silver Key. She will attend the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where she will study photography. We are pleased to award her this $500 scholarship. Amanda invited a few family members as well as her teacher to our reception. We were happy to meet them all.

We wish each of these students the very best in their future artistic endeavors.

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