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2012: Thirteenth Annual Gualala Arts
Young Artists Scholarships

Gualala Arts has awarded scholarships to three outstanding young local high school students who are pursuing careers in the arts. The Pacific Piecemakers Quilt Guild made their donation from the quilt raffle which makes this scholarship possible.

2012 Young Artists Scholarships
David "Sus" Susalla (left), Hal Fogel (2nd left), Adelle Platt (3rd right) and Nancy Kyle (right)
of the Gualala Arts Scholarship Awards Committee present scholarships to the 2012 winners
Michelle Knutson (3rd left) and Art Rangel (2nd right). Winner Morgan Pack is not shown.

Morgan Pack is a creative writer who has been writing all her life and intends to focus on a career in creative writing. She is planning to attend Willamette University in Salem, Oregon to study creative writing and English. She hopes to study abroad and travel to provide her a wide range of experiences for future writing. Morgan has participated in the Gualala Arts Creative Writing contest and has taken first place in the youth division twice. She has also participated in the Poetry Slam in Point Arena.

Michelle Knutson is a painter and visual artist who will be attending UC Santa Cruz in the fall to pursue a career in art with a special interest in animation. She is a graduate of Point Arena High School where she has been enrolled in AP studio art and also has a special interest in photography. Locally she has won art contests and studied with a local jeweler.

Art Rangel, a graduating senior at Point Arena High School, is active in the performing arts. He has participated in drama and guitar classes and has performed in Bye Bye Birdie and Glee. He has been concentrating on developing his skills in acting and singing. He will be attending CSU LA in the fall where he plans to study theater arts.

Since the Young Artists Scholarship Program was launched in 2000, Gualala Arts has encouraged local talent with the award of more than 30 scholarships, totaling more than $35,000. Awards go to young and talented graduating seniors with a strong commitment and a record of achievement and distinction in their fields of art. Eligibility also includes local residency and firm, realistic plans to further a career in the arts. Applicants submit a written application, school records, letters of support, and for the finalists, bring examples of their work to an interview.

"This scholarship is a wonderful way to encourage young artists and to fulfill Gualala Arts' mission," says Nancy Kyle, a member of the Gualala Arts Awards Committee along with Adele Platt and Hal Fogel. "The scholarship helps to support the career development of our local talent, first, by recognizing and honoring a young person's commitment to a chosen field of art, and second, by helping with the considerable expenses of further study."

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
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