May 2010 Newsletter

2010 Scholarship Award

By Fred Wilder

TIAG On May 8th 2010 the Treasure Island Art Guild held its last meeting of this season. The purpose of the meeting was not only to give the awards for the May show but to give out our yearly $1500.00 scholarship award.

This year’s recipient of the scholarship award is Rebekah Kirkman of Seminole Florida.

She is the daughter of Jim and Sharon Kirkman. Rebekah has letters of acceptance at Ringling College of Art and Design, Savannah College and Maryland Institute of Art. She has chosen Maryland Institute. She will go there this fall.

Her proud parents accompanied her to the Art Guild's May meeting with three of her excellent paintings. She gave a speech on her art and goals. Arlene Kitchen, the Guild’s scholarship chairperson presented her with the award.

Rebekah has been a volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation since her freshman year in high school. She has been on her school’s academic team since her sophomore year, this year she is the team’s captain. She has been a member of the National Honor Society since her junior year. She is in honors and AP classes and has been on honor roll list every grading period of High School. She has had works exhibited in Mainsail Young at Art Show, the Student Surrealist Exhibit at Salvador Dali Museum, Temple Beth-El and Florida State Fair. She has won numerous awards.

Rebekah has worked at the Seminole Publix since July 2007 as a bagger, cashier and stocker. The store manager asked her to paint a smaller scale model of the birds that are painted on the Seminole water tower. It was on display in the front lobby of the store for a while.

The Art Guild holds various fundraisers during the year to fund this award. This is our way of giving back to the community.

TIAG Scholarship 2010

Rebekah Kirkman with Arlene Kitchin,
Chairperson of the Art Guild Scholarship Fund.

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