MAC announces local arts scholarship winners

Muskoka Arts & Crafts is pleased to announce the recipients for the Elene J. Freer Art Scholarship (Sponsored by Muskoka Arts & Crafts) and the Mae C. Kennedy Memorial Award.

Samantha Jarvis who graduated from Huntsville High school received the Elene J. Freer Art Scholarship. For each year of her post-secondary education, Samantha will receive, for a maximum of four years, $1,200 a year from Muskoka Arts & Crafts. Samantha’s paintings already demonstrate a mature, consistent and identifiable sense of style. She attributes her high school experiences to helping to develop her artistic style.

Like many artists, art provides Samantha with a means of expression. “

“I’’ve never really been good at explaining myself”, Samantha reveals. “”When something bothered me, I’ve always been the type of person to think things over by myself and come to a conclusion. Art provides me not only with a sense of wholeness but a way to represent myself and create a sense of individuality in a physical form. My whole life, I have had a strong fascination with people, made apparent through their continued reoccurrence throughout my work.””

Samantha has been accepted for the Art and Design Foundation Program at the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College.

Mikaela Wichers-Schreur received the Mae C. Kennedy Memorial Award for $100. Mikaela graduated from Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School and this fall will be attending George Brown Collage to further her education in jewellery. “


“My whole life, I’ve been surrounded by art and creativity,” says Mikaela. “I have a vision for myself; working hard every day in a jewellery studio of my own, creating art that speaks to people in ways that’s hard to explain with words.””

Muskoka Arts & Crafts wishes Samantha and Mikaela all the best as they purse this next step in their education.

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