ART BEAT: Duluth Fine Arts League to award scholarships to young artists

Ten very talented young people will have the honor to present their artistic merit in front of a live audience from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Red Clay Theatre in Duluth.

On the line are three scholarships for the young artists who most impress the panel of five distinguished judges.

The Duluth Fine Arts League has been awarding these scholarships for several years, funded by their “Arts at Twilight” and other activities of the Duluth-based nonprofit organization. The auditions April 23 are free and open to the public, making this event a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the young talent in our community.

This year, the size of the scholarships has increased by a total of $1,000 over last year, a tribute to the growth of DFAL’s success. Scholarships in the amount of $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place will be awarded.

“This is the most important event of the year for the Duluth Fine Arts League as we take great pride in helping our youth move towards a career in professional art,” said Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris.

Applications were due on March 30. The scholarships are open to young artists graduating from either Duluth or Peachtree Ridge high schools. They are also open to students attending other high schools or being home schooled who have a Duluth home address with a 30096 or 30097 zip code.

These young artists must plan to major in their art in college and come from one of the following disciplines: music including voice/choral, instrumental, strings, brass, woodwinds, piano and percussion; visual arts including art, graphic arts and photography; and performing arts including theater and dance.

“Eddie Owen has graciously offered to once again partner with DFAL to produce this event,” said DFAL Scholarship Committee Chairman Terrie Adkins. “We have applicants in visual arts, choral and instrumental music who will display their talents before a panel of five professional judges, which will include Ann Carol Pence, musical director of the Aurora Theatre. They will be judged on their performance, their answers to judges’ questions, as well as their original application essay answers.

“This event has been a huge success in the past and promises to be so again this year,” Adkins added. “The public is invited to attend for free to hear and see the best of the best of our community’s fine arts students. The arts are alive and well in Duluth!”

The Duluth Fine Arts League serves residents, artists and visitors to Duluth and its neighbors. Its purpose is to encourage individual and corporate participation in the performing, musical, literary and visual arts in greater Duluth.

The DFAL’s activities include Arts at Twilight, Artists in the Home Tour, Art Walks, field trips and the beautification of Parson’s Alley in downtown historic Duluth. The next Art Walk will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25.

For more information, visit www.duluthfineartsleague.org.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.