Cowell receives art gallery scholarship

Page Cowell received this year's Woodstock Art Gallery scholarship. She will study art at the Yukon School of Visual Arts this fall. SUBMITTED PHOTO jpg, WD

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A Tillsonburg student going to the Yukon to study art is this year’s recipient of the Woodstock Art Gallery scholarship.

Page Cowell, a student at Glendale High School, was awarded the $1,000 Friends of the Woodstock Art Gallery Legacy scholarship for her studies at the Yukon School of Visual Arts this fall.

“I am absolutely honoured to have received this award,” Cowell said in a media release. “It is an excellent celebration of youth in art. I hope to invest it in my pursuit to bring art into the lives of others.”

Cowell said her art often takes on surrealist themes of fear and discomfort, and she typically uses watercolours and acrylics on canvas. Her Glendale art teacher, Michelle Dench, said Cowell is a dedicated student that contributed to a positive school environment.

“I have witnessed first hand her dedication to the creative process and the development of highly sophisticated themes within her artwork,” said Dench, who herself received the scholarship in 2003. “The technical skill that Page displays in the execution of her artwork is very refined.”

Established in 1990, the award is presented annually to an Oxford County student planning to study art at the post-secondary level. This year’s award was adjudicated by the Woodstock Art Gallery board.

Board member Maxine Noel, an artist and Order of Canada recipient, said she was impressed by the sophistication of Cowell’s art even before art school while board chair Judy Dent offered her congratulations.

“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,” said Dent.