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Gloria Ferry-Brennan, Michael Hunner, Marina Salerno-Collins and Melissa Smith, all students of the violin, received scholarships from the Island Arts Council and the Devin E. Ossman Memorial Fund for Young Artists during Youth in Arts Week.  - Robbie Cribbs photo
Gloria Ferry-Brennan, Michael Hunner, Marina Salerno-Collins and Melissa Smith, all students of the violin, received scholarships from the Island Arts Council and the Devin E. Ossman Memorial Fund for Young Artists during Youth in Arts Week.
— image credit: Robbie Cribbs photo

Performers win music scholarships

One young violinist got lucky on the final night of the Youth in Arts Week performances.

The performances at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts featured students of Island Strings who were vying for one of three Island Arts Council music scholarships.

This year, however, there were four applicants for the three $250 scholarships.

David Ossman and Judith Walcutt happened to be in the audience and spoke up when they realized the fourth applicant would not be able to receive a scholarship.

Through their generosity and the Devin E. Ossman Memorial Fund for Young Musicians, Marena Salerno Collins was given the fourth scholarship and also became the first recipient of the Ossman memorial fund.

The Island Arts Council scholarship winners are Gloria Ferry-Brennan, Michael Hunner and Melissa Smith.

All the scholarship recipients are students of the violin.

The American Association of University Women has announced the winners of its Showcase of the Arts at Greenbank Farm. Hundreds of art students from island high schools participated.

Here are the 2008 winners:

People’s Choice Awards

2-D: “Untitled,” Taylor Starr (Oak Harbor High School); 3-D: “Ticking Tea Bomb,” Megan Murphy (Oak Harbor High School); Wearable Art: “Tree of Life,” Sheila Keys (Oak Harbor High School); Photography: “New Morn,” Lara Batts (Bayview School).

Juror’s Awards (selected by a panel of three professional artists)

2-D: First place, “Rabies,” Justin Hanrahan (Oak Harbor High School); second place, “Untitled Blue,” Jennifer Gagnen (Oak Harbor High School); third place, “Kitty Cat,” Samantha Stafeld (South Whidbey High School); honorable mention, “La Belle Fille,” Timothy Hazelo (Oak Harbor High School); honorable mention, “Woman and Flowers,” Violet Po (Coupeville High School); honorable mention, “Here Today…” Jon Manns (Oak Harbor High School); honorable mention, “Release,” Sara Fraser (Oak Harbor High School).

3-D: First place, “F*ck Fashion,” Sara Fraser (Oak Harbor High School); second place, “Bowling for Lilies,” Eric Smits (Oak Harbor High School); third place, “Untitled,” Marcelle Crooks (South Whidbey High School); honorable mention, “Ticking Tea Bomb,” Megan Murphy (Oak Harbor High School); honorable mention, “Untitled,” Tim Brass (South Whidbey High School); honorable mention, “Death by Caffeine,” Sara Fraser (Oak Harbor High School); honorable mention, “Cow with Problem,” Griffin Nielsen (Oak Harbor High School).

Photographic Art: First place, “Piano Man,” Evan Derickson (South Whidbey High School); second place, “Wanderer,” Hagley Hanna (South Whidbey High School); third place, “Stairway to Heaven,” Kelsey Matzen (Bayview School); honorable mention, “Eggs Adventure,” Trevor Hein (Bayview School); honorable mention, “Untitled (Dog),” Taylor Starr (Oak Harbor High School).

Wearable Art: First place, “Pendant,” Geoffrey Worley (Oak Harbor High School); second place, “Spoon,” Marcelle Vaughn (Oak Harbor High School); third place, “Pendant,” Ashley Winter (Oak Harbor High School); honorable mention, “Pendant,” Katelyn Bristow (Oak Harbor High School).

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