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    Page Cowell awarded $1000 Woodstock Art Gallery Scholarship

    June 25, 2020
    Page Cowell awarded $1000 Woodstock Art Gallery scholarship
    The Woodstock Art Gallery is pleased to present Page Cowell with this year’s Friends of the Woodstock Art Gallery Legacy Scholarship, valued at $1000.
    Cowell is a graduating Grade 12 student at Glendale High School in Tillsonburg. She will be attending the Yukon School of Visual Arts in the fall.
    “I am absolutely honoured to have received this award,” Cowell says. “It is an excellent celebration of youth in art. I hope to invest it in my pursuit to bring art into the lives of other.
    Cowell enjoys using watercolours and acrylics on canvas, and gravitates towards themes of fear and discomfort. Her work often takes on a surrealistic or haunted feel, she explains.
    Art teacher Michelle Dench, who herself was a scholarship recipient in 2003, says it has been a pleasure to watch Cowell excel in the arts.
    “I have witnessed first-hand her dedication to the creative process and the development of highly sophisticated themes within her artwork,” Dench says. “The technical skill that Page displays in the execution of her artwork is very refined.”
    She adds that Cowell is a highly dedicated student who actively works to create a positive school culture.
    This year’s award was adjudicated by WAG Advisory Board Chair Judy Dent and board member Maxine Noel.
    “I was very impressed by Page’s sophistication and understanding of art at such a young age, even before entering art school,” says Noel, who is an internationally-recognized artist and Order of Canada recipient.
    Chair Judy Dent further congratulates Cowell on her achievements.
    “On behalf of the Woodstock Art Gallery Advisory Board, I offer her hearty congratulations on winning the Friends of the Woodstock Art Gallery Scholarship Award. Our very best wishes go to Page for much success at the Yukon School of the Visual Arts,” Dent says.
    The Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 1990 as a project of the Friends of the Woodstock Art Gallery. A reserve fund was created in 2018 with the retirement of the Friends of the WAG, renaming it the Friends of the Woodstock Art Gallery Legacy Scholarship.
    This honour is awarded annually to a graduating high school student from Oxford County who has received proof of acceptance and confirmation to attend an accredited post-secondary institution in the field of Visual/Fine/Media Arts.