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Local students receive scholarships to attend painting workshops

By Staff | Mar 18, 2010

Carmella Lenta (left) and Sienna Nelson attended workshops during the recent Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational.

LAHAINA — Two high school students won scholarships and attended workshops during last month’s Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational.

Carmella Lenta, a senior at Maui Preparatory Academy, participated in Clark Mitchell’s pastel painting workshop, and Lahainaluna High School senior Sienna Nelson participated in Ned Mueller’s oil painting workshop.

The scholarship winners were chosen by their portfolio of artwork produced during their senior year at school.

The scholarship covered the $350 workshop fees that were donated by the instructors, and the students’ supplies were donated by various members of Maui’s art community.

This scholarship program works in coordination with the Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational’s “Plein Air for the Young at ART” program in supporting art education for Maui’s youth. 

Last year, Carl Paahana, a senior at Lahainaluna High School, won a scholarship to attend Ken Auster’s three-day workshop.

“Giving talented Maui art students the opportunity to study with the quality of teachers we have giving workshops is an exposure that will greatly enhance a students’ artistic career,” said Bonnie Fox, the event’s workshop chairperson.

The Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is coordinated by Islanders-Hawaii Plein Air Painters, West Maui Cultural Council and The Village Gallery.

The 2011 Maui Plein Air Painting Invitational is set for Feb. 19-26, and the event will again feature workshops by two participating artists. For more information on the event, visit www.MauiPleinAirPainting.com.