Granby student awarded Avon Arts scholarship

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By Rita Bond

Granby Memorial High School senior Soul Leavitt was among four Farmington Valley graduating students who were awarded scholarships by the Avon Arts Association during a reception at the Simsbury Public Library on June 4, during the opening of the annual Members’ Spring Show.
Leavitt received the Avon Arts Association Award for Excellence. Jessica Shin, from Simsbury High School, received the Helen Kilgus Award. Kevin Barch, also from Simsbury High School, received the Robert Ronaldes Award and Emma Ort, from Avon High School, received the Avon Arts Association Anonymous Donor Award. President Mary Wooten and Scholarship Chairwoman Inez Faillace presented the awards.


Mary Wooten, Emma Ort, Inez Faillace, Jessica Shin, Soul Leavitt. Missing: Kevin Barch. Submitted photo.

Art teachers at Avon, Canton, Farmington, Granby and Simsbury high schools are invited each year to assist students in submitting a portfolio of their work and an essay regarding their art experience and aspirations for review in late May. Jurors this year were Inez Faillace, Margaret Schuster, Gloria Woodwell and Show Chairwoman Mariann Weiss.
Examples of each student’s recent art were prominently displayed among 52 other works by Avon Arts Association members. The exhibit includes oil, acrylic and pastel paintings as well as drawings, prints and photography in various styles. Most of these are offered for sale.  Members and guests were entertained at the reception by The Alex Butterworth Jazz Trio.
More information regarding Avon Arts Association activities and membership can be found at