By CATHY MOUNCE, Register Staff Writer
The Gainesville Area Visual Arts (GAVA) presented a $500 scholarship to Gainesville High School (GHS) senior Gina Winters at April’s GAVA meeting held at the North Central Texas College (NCTC) Visual Arts building.
Winters, the daughter of Daniel Winters and Patti Hunnicutt of Gainesville, presented several pieces of art for review to the GAVA group. Her preferred mediums are graphic pencil and acrylic.
During the scholarship presentation, GAVA parliamentarian Gerri Williams said Winters is a dedicated student.
“We are happy to extend this scholarship to Gina,” Williams said. “She has been an excellent student and we are looking forward to hearing more about her design progress in college.”
“Gina plans to enroll full time at NCTC this fall and eventually transfer to the University of North Texas for her fine arts degree in graphic design,” Williams continued.
In her scholarship application, Winters wrote, “I hope to be able to inspire others with my art and actions. My mother is a member of the Kiwanas and has always instilled in me the importance of giving back when possible and to make a positive difference.”
Winters has been an artist for many years and is most recently attracted to the Japanese graphic art known as anime.
Gainesville resident Kathy Grotte stated in her recommendation letter that Gina had been drawing pictures since she was two years old on anything she could find to draw on.
“ Gina is one student that I will always remember,” GHS Art Teacher Brenda Rice said “ I had her in an art class for all four years of high school. She showed leadership qualities in my class that I have come to believe is a big part of what I have enjoyed about watching her grow since that time.”
Dual Credit Coordinator at NCTC Glenna Metzler said in her recommendation letter, “During her time at GHS, Gina has proven to be a capable, unassuming, independent and artistic young lady.”
The GAVA scholarship is open to any Cooke County senior planning on continuing their education toward a visual arts degree. Applications and additional information can be found online at www.gainesvilleareavisualarts.or.
Completed applications must be submitted by March 1 each year.
The next GAVA meeting is scheduled for May 23 at the NCTC campus. Area artists and guests are welcome to attend to find out more about the art community of North Texas.