|TEEN ART COMPETITION PUTS NORTH VALLEY YOUTH TALENTS ON DISPLAY|
Hundreds of visitors were greatly impressed by the artistic talents of visual fine art students from five area high schools and one charter school at the 7th Annual ACNV Regional Teen Art Competition and Exhibit presented by the Arts Council of the North Valley (ACNV) on April 28 and 29, 2012.
"We were thrilled with the response to the exhibit," said Willine Evans, event chair. "People were amazed that the artwork was done by high school students and not professional artists!"
Students from Barry Goldwater, Boulder Creek, Deer Valley, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Sunrise Mountain high schools, as well as the Anthem Visual Art Academy, competed for honors, their artwork having been selected by their respective schools. The exhibit was judged by Linda Pullinsi, Youth Academy Program Manager at Scottsdale Artists' School.
“One of ACNV’s foremost commitments is to arts education for North Valley youth,” stated Jon Meyers, executive director of the Arts Council of the North Valley. “Through the Regional Teen Art Competition we are able to not only display the incredible talents of the region’s young artists, but also encourage their further education and development.”
Best in Show for 2012 was awarded to Taylor Main of Sandra Day O’Connor High School for her pencil portrait of Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, entitled “Anchors Aweigh”. Taylor, a student of Jason Lohmeier at Sandra Day O'Connor, received a gift certificate for $300 from the Scottsdale Artists' School, a gift card for $75 from Arizona Art Supply, and an artist portfolio from ACNV.
The Award of Excellence went to Claudia Lanese of Boulder Creek for her acrylic painting, “Oranges”. Andrea is a student of Hillary Warren and received a gift certificate for $200 from the Scottsdale Artists' School, a gift card of $50 from Arizona Art Supply, and an artist portfolio from ACNV.
Ten students from Boulder Creek, Deer Valley, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Sunrise Mountain were awarded Honorable Mention. Each of these winners received an artist portfolio from ACNV.
Best in Show recipient Taylor Main also received the People's Choice Award.
The Regional Teen Art Competition was made possible with the support of The Caepe School, Scottsdale Artists' School, Arizona Art Supply, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Ida G. and Stanley T. Halbreich Foundation, the USAA Foundation, and ACNV members and volunteers.
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The Arts Council of the North Valley is a donation-funded, volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. ACNV’s mission is to provide leadership in support of artistic excellence, to promote understanding and education of the arts, and to nurture the cultural life and vitality of our communities
|ACNV Announces the Art Scholarship Winner|
(PHOENIX) – Madsion Esh, a senior at Sunrise Mountain High School in Peoria whose photography incorporates a distinctly personal perspective on light and color, has been awarded the Arts Council of the North Valley Art Scholarship for artistic excellence in Photography.
Competing against other outstanding visual and performing artists from the North Valley, Madison was described by the Scholarship selection committee as a young woman whose vision and promise bode well for a future in photographic arts.
“Madi’s photos show such sensitivity to light, shadow, and the nuances of color. Her approach is so uniquely personal,” said Linda Schwartz, co-chair of the ACNV Scholarships Committee. “What is more, she understands very clearly where she wants to go with her art. That focus and direction were especially impressive to the judges.”
A multiple award-winner for her work – including first place finishes in the Optimist Club of Sun City photography contest and Sunrise Mountain High School art show – Madison already is well known in her community. In addition to photography, Madison’s interests include volunteer work for youth sports teams in Peoria and serving as a docent for the Peoria City Hall art gallery. Madison also has been an honors student throughout high school.
Madison’s collegiate studies will begin in the Graphic Arts program at Scottsdale Community College – an acclaimed program that is in keeping with her ultimate goal of pursuing a career in graphic design and visual communication.
"Photography is my passion, and being able to use it as a means of communication is what excites me about the next step in my studies,” Esh stated. “I am so honored to receive this scholarship award from the Arts Council of the North Valley. It will make a tremendous difference in my ability to pursue a higher education.
“I really can’t thank ACNV enough--not only for their financial support, but also for their expression of confidence in my artistic potential and their enthusiastic encouragement regarding my photography career goals."
The ACNV Art Scholarship will be awarded to Ms. Esh on April 28, 2012, at the ACNV Picnic Under the Stars fundraising event held at Anthem Community Park in Anthem. In addition to the scholarship award, Madison has been selected to photograph the event; adding to her already impressive portfolio.
The ACNV Scholarship was established by founder, past president and former executive director of the Arts Council of the North Valley, Donna Kublin. Kublin helped guide the organization during its first five years and continues to assist the new leadership team. "I am deeply honored that the board has kept the ‘Artistic Excellence Scholarship’ as one of its signature programs year after year," said Kublin. "It fills me with joy to see the talented young people in our schools being given a chance to blossom artistically with ACNV’s help."
Tickets for Picnic Under the Stars, the fun and fabulous fundraiser, are $35 per person and available by calling 623-551-3254 or by visiting www.acnv.org.
To learn more about the Arts Council of the North Valley, educational outreach programs, major fundraising events, upcoming programs and annual membership opportunities to support the arts in the North Valley, please visit www.ACNV.org or call (623) 516-2268.
|Party in the Park to Support Arts Education Programs|
OF NORTH VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL
(Anthem, AZ) – Tickets are on sale now for the 4th Annual Picnic Under The Stars fundraising bash to support the Educational Outreach programs of the Arts Council of the North Valley (ACNV). Join your friends on April 28th at 6:00 pm in the Anthem Community Park for a let-your-hair-down night of live music, auctions, dancing, prizes, raffles and fun! With something for everyone – and each table designed by the people seated at it – the night will be aglow with stars above and effervescent personalities below.
“Picnic Under The Stars is a night to celebrate the arts, and especially arts education in North Valley schools,” states Becky MacMillan, president of ACNV’s board of directors. “Students are the artists and audiences of tomorrow. Our foremost commitment is to supporting high quality arts education that keeps the arts alive and vibrant for many years to come.”
The fun of Picnic Under The Stars starts well before the event itself. Each table picks a theme to express their inner selves...whether it be Gilligan's Island or Gone With The Wind – or anything in between (or beyond)! Guests dress in costumes representing their table theme and prepare their own “picnic dinner”. Attendees vote on the most creative tables and costumes, while silent and live auctions help raise funds. Entertainment is provided by popular local band The Spin.
Proceeds from Picnic Under The Stars underwrite ACNV’s Arts in the Schools, Regional Teen Arts Competition (RTAC) and ACNV Scholarships programs. These programs bring professional artists to local high schools for performances and master classes and provide funding to students pursuing arts education at the college, university, or conservatory level. In its first three years, Picnic Under The Stars has raised more than $75,000 for these efforts.
Tickets for the 2012 Picnic Under The Stars are $35 apiece or $350 for a table of 10. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Jon Meyers at (623) 205-5608 or visit www.acnv.org
The Arts Council of the North Valley is a donation-funded, volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. ACNV’s mission is to provide leadership in support of artistic excellence, to promote understanding and education of the arts, and to nurture the cultural life and vitality of our communities.
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