WCAS helps WCSS artists grow

By Jake Davies - West Carleton Online

DUNROBIN – During last week’s (June 27) West Carleton Secondary School (WCSS) graduation ceremony, the West Carleton Art Society (WCAS) made sure a couple of talented graduating artists had some money in their pocket to go back to school with.

The WCAS presented two students each with a $500 bursary to be used towards post-secondary school in the artistic fields.

Graduating students Lucca Dyck and Melissa Wei were presented the bursaries during the commencement ceremony held at the Dunrobin high school by WCAS vice president Robert Reid.

The criteria for the cash award is the WCAS bursaries must go to a graduating student who demonstrated outstanding dedication and talent in visual arts and who is planning to continue studies in art.

“As part of our mandate to support artists, present and future we provide an annual bursary of $150 to an art student graduating from West Carleton Secondary School,” WCAS treasurer Maggie Wesley told West Carleton Online last Thursday (July 6) following the graduation ceremony. “Last year at two of our annual shows our amazing volunteers made an extra effort to collect funds aimed at supporting the bursary. Thanks to the efforts of Suzanne Deschenes, Carolyn Sandor-Weston, Jaynie Coulterman and Sue Shuker we were able to collect and additional $1,000. This amount was divided in half and given to two deserving students.”

Established in 1988, the WCAS is an active, non-profit volunteer organization of vibrant, talented visual artists and fine crafts people.

“Our dynamic program includes three annual shows provides members with the opportunity to show work at several local venues including two Ottawa Public Libraries, West Carleton Family Health Team Clinic in Carp, the Bay Cafe in Constance Bay and the Plant Bath Wall,” Wesley said.

For West Carleton Online’s complete coverage of the WCAS, click here.

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