Arts Coun­cil awards schol­ar­ships

Record Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

STEVENSVILLE — Three lo­cal stu­dents re­ceived schol­ar­ships on Mon­day, May 8, for their work in the field of art from the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil. The schol­ar­ship awards cer­e­mony co­in­cided with the group’s an­nual din­ner, which this year took place at Kent­morr Restau­rant.

Se­niors Syd­ney Kay of Queen Anne’s County High School, Wil­low Po­draza of Kent Is­land High School and Michael Lee of Wye River Up­per School each re­ceived a $1,000 schol­ar­ship from the Arts Coun­cil.

Kay thanked the or­ga­ni­za­tion for the funds and said she would use them while at­tend­ing the Cleve­land In­sti­tute of Art in the fall. Kay said she aims to study an­i­ma­tion. Propped up on the bar in the restau­rant’s back room, Kay showed two pieces she had com­pleted and sub­mit­ted to con­tests. One of the pieces was a pic­ture made up en­tirely of words.

Lee said he was most likely go­ing to at­tend the Art Acad­emy of Cincin­nati with the hopes of fur­ther­ing his stud­ies in painting and draw­ing. Lee, too, brought a multi-me­dia pieces to show dur­ing the event en­ti­tled “Buf­fet.”

“I just like do­ing im­pact­ful and pow­er­ful multi-me­dia pieces,” Lee said.

Po­draza, who re­ceived the Clara Sim­mons Schol­ar­ship Award, said she will at­tend Sarah Lawrence Col­lege, just north of New York City.

Hav­ing en­joyed her Ad­vanced Place­ment Art His­tory course this past year, Po­draza said she wanted to con­tinue that line of study the next four years while also pur­su­ing writ­ing. Po­draza said she wanted to turn her in­ter­est into a ca­reer and even­tu­ally ob­tain a cu­ra­to­rial po­si­tion at a ma­jor art in­sti­tu­tion “in or­der to pre­serve the cul­ture of art and to help it flour­ish.”

Af­ter the schol­ar­ship pre­sen­ta­tions, a bless­ing was given by Rev. Karen Dize be­fore ev­ery­one had a buf­fet din­ner.

Af­ter din­ner, Arts Coun­cil board mem­ber Au­drey Scott pre­sented Anne Welsh a plaque as she was given the Vol­un­teer of the Year Award by a unan­i­mous vote by the board. Scott said the board chose Welsh be­cause of “the enor­mous com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion.”

Scott said while Welsh was a board mem­ber she over­saw the cre­ation of the High Tea event and has con­tin­ued to be in­volved with the event. Af­ter leav­ing the board, Scott said Welsh con­tin­ued to vol­un­teer and sup­port Arts Coun­cil events.

Now Welsh has taken on the re­spon­si­bil­ity of over­see­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Sto­ry­telling Fes­ti­val, an event in its sec­ond year that draws sto­ry­tellers to the com­mu­nity col­lege for a week­end of fes­tiv­i­ties. The fes­ti­val will be held Sept. 16 at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

The Clara Sim­mons Schol­ar­ship, memo­ri­al­ized by Sim­mons’ daugh­ters Ellen and El­iz­a­beth, was cre­ated as a trib­ute to their mother’s love for art and lit­er­a­ture. Sim­mons was a vol­un­teer with the Cen­tre for the Arts. The schol­ar­ship was es­tab­lished in 1989.

The schol­ar­ship money is pro­vided through do­na­tions to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Ap­pli­ca­tions were avail­able on­line at the Arts Coun­cil web­site, www.queenan­nescount­yarts.com and by phone. The an­nual schol­ar­ships are awarded by an in­de­pen­dent panel of lo­cal artists look­ing for stu­dents who will ma­jor in fine arts and ex­hib­ited out­stand­ing abil­i­ties, prom­ise and high aca­demic achieve­ment.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes, ex­pands and sus­tains the arts. For more in­for­ma­tion about the or­ga­ni­za­tion, visit www.queenan­nescount­yarts.com.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Anne Welsh, left, is pre­sented the Vol­un­teer of the Year Award by Aubrey Scott of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil dur­ing its an­nual din­ner on Mon­day, May 4, at Kent­morr Restau­rant on Kent Is­land.

Kent Is­land High School se­nior Wil­low Po­draza, who will at­tend Sarah Lawrence Col­lege next year, re­ceived a $1,000 schol­ar­ship from the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil on Mon­day, May 4, at Kent­morr Restau­rant on Kent Is­land.

PHO­TOS BY MIKE DAVIS

Syd­ney Kay, a se­nior at Queen Anne’s County High School, re­ceived a $1,000 schol­ar­ship from the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil on Mon­day, May 4, at Kent­morr Restau­rant on Kent Is­land.

Se­nior Michael Lee of Wye River Up­per School re­ceived a $1,000 schol­ar­ship from the Queen Anne’s County Arts Coun­cil on Mon­day, May 4, at Kent­morr Restau­rant. Lee hopes to study painting and draw­ing at the Arts Acad­emy of Cincin­nati.

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