The Fayetteville-Lincoln County Arts Center announced the finalists for their art scholarship this week.The finalists in both categories will compete for $500 first prizes at the awards show on Saturday, March 30, at the Arts Center.
Melanie Laten, a local art teacher and owner of the Laten House Bed and Breakfast in Fayetteville, started the scholarship program in 2016. The program coincides with National Children’s Art Month.The program is administered by the Arts Center, which provides some of the prize money. Additional funds were raised by the Fayetteville Rotary Club during a silent auction at its Artoberfest wine and cheese event last year.
Student artwork will be on display to the public in the Arts Center gallery on Saturday, March 30, beginning at 4 p.m.The awards show will begin at 7 p.m.Each finalist will have approximately 10 minutes to present their art while projected pictures of their art are shown. Music finalists will each perform a 15-minute set.The presentations and performances will be considered as part of the judge’s final decisions. Robert Foster will perform a 15-minute set while the judges make their decisions.The show will end with the announcement of the winners and the presentation of checks.Art scholarship finalistsSophie Buck enjoys painting in all mediums and has experience with acrylic, oil, pastel, watercolor, and charcoal.
Last year, Sophie was a finalist and third place winner in the FLC Arts Center Scholarship. Sophie has entered hundreds of pieces of art, crafts, and photos in the Lincoln County Fair and 4-H contests, and she has won numerous best of show ribbons in art, photography, cartooning, and handicrafts.Sophie has also entered and won multiple times in the Tennessee Magazine art contest. Besides being an artist, Sophie also plays the fiddle, viola, guitar, mandolin, and most recently the cello.Last year, she was the first place winner in the music scholarship offered by the Arts Center. Sophie is currently the fiddler in the Rocket City Ridge bluegrass band.
She plans to go to college and pursue a major in graphic design.Maria Self says, “Art is my passion, stress relief, and favorite hobby.” She uses art to flue her creativity that spills into my everyday life. She developed her true love and appreciation for art when she first started high school and ever since then she cannot imagine life without art.It has become an essential tool in her life and a way for her to express what she cannot put into words. She plans on pursuing a career in art, because, “I want to do what I love for the rest of my life.I want to expose others to God’s amazing gift of art.” Music scholarship finalists Madelyn Goedde has always been fascinated with art and music.The sounds of a musical piece coming together or the way colors melted through the canvas fueled a burning passion for both. Madelyn took up drawing at an early age and is self-taught in divisions of drawing, sketching, watercolor and illustrating.
She has taken a few painting classes using acrylics and furthering her technique. In 2017 Madelyn entered a sketch in the Tennessee Magazine and won second place.She has entered her paintings in the Lincoln County Fair, placing third. Madelyn had a late start in getting into contests because of her shy nature, but she is looking forward to sharing her skills in the future.Madelyn has been taking piano lessons for a little over a year now and has been told many times that she has a gift. During her spare time, Madelyn loves to be swept away into a world of writing.
Poetry, books, and short stories seem to be the things that she is best. Madelyn hasn’t yet finished a complete book but hopefully plans on publishing at least one by the end of her high school years.Travis Leimer is an 11th grade homeschooled student with Riverside Homeschool Umbrella Program. He has received his Eagle Scout Award and continues to work with the younger Scouts.Travis is a member of the 4-H Honor Club and 4-H All Stars and participates in many 4-H activities. He plays guitar with the First Baptist Fayetteville youth band and praise band and is involved in serving the church in various ways.He also plays guitar and sings once a month at three of the local nursing homes. Besides music, Travis enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his friends.