CLARKS SUMMIT — An exhibit of art created by Abington Heights High School students will be on display at The Gathering Place art gallery beginning Jan. 26. Any students interested in submitting their work may contact Mrs. Healey in the high school art department. Art samples may include painting, photography, drawing, graphic design, interior design, architecture, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, advertising or related fields. The exhibit is open to students in grades 9 through 12.
For 2018 graduates, an additional incentive to submit is provided by the Our Town scholarship, which will be awarded to one senior entry. All Abington Heights seniors with an interest in art are invited to apply for this $1,000 scholarship to be used to further their education in a creative field. Each applicant should submit a sample of art to Mrs. Healey in the high school art department and must complete a short application by Jan. 19. Students must plan to pursue a major or minor in an art-related field at a college or technical school, in either a two or four-year program.
The Our Town scholarship will be a one-time endowment by the Abington Business and Professional Association, made possible through the artistry of Shirley Eagen and work of Dorothy O’Connor. Funds for the scholarship come from the sale of hand-drawn cards painted by Eagen and sold by area businesses.
Eagen is a Clarks Summit resident whose artwork reflects the beauty in the borough and the world. As a young girl, she received encouragement and help in her art from her parents and a family friend. Because of this support, she has often “paid it forward” by helping young artists to follow their talents. This scholarship is her way of giving back to the community and offering support to a student who loves art as she does.
O’Connor has also given much to her community, working to revive the downtown area and local businesses, plus bringing art, music, and community festivals to Clarks Summit.