Monday, April 4, 2016

Fine Art Scholarship Judges

Photo by Helen Tilston
 The phone rang recently and the Speaker asked to speak to the three members of the Plein Aire Cottage Artists;  Violetta Chandler, Mary Rose Holmes and Helen Tilston.

They declared that they have been following our artist journey and congratulated us on our work and recent commissioned pieces.   We listened cautiously.    It was then revealed that they had selected us to be the Judges of one of the most prestigious scholarships in the USA for 2016.   The scholarship is open to young artists across the entire country.  

For the past month, we have been burning the mid-night oil and more than once saw the sunrise.
Some of the pieces of art work submitted took our breath away.   It is at a time like this where we are so pleased to have three of us to collaborate.    We take this responsibility with the uttermost care and detail.   We bear in mind the amount of work and care put into each applicant's portfolio.  Having made this journey ourselves we hope makes us compassionate and considerate.

We have made our selections and submitted the results.

We are delighted to say that the world will benefit from these amazingly talented artists.

Photo:  Helen Tilston

We shall leave the scholarship nameless until the winning candidates are advised at an upcoming date.

We are very much looking to future assignments.

Violetta, Helen and Mary Rose at Indian Rocks Beach

Violetta, Mary Rose and Helen


  1. WAY TO GO, GALS!!! So proud (and not at all surprised) of you three's acknowledged accomplishments! ! !

    1. Thank you Carol for your constant support and encouragement.
      Mary Rose, Violetta and Helen xxx

  2. How exciting Helen!! Congratulations ladies, truly an honor!

    The Arts by Karena

    1. Hello Karena,
      Many thanks for your kind words.
      Wishing you a fabulous weekend

      Mary Rose, Violetta and Helen xxx

  3. Hello Helen, sounds like you've been exceedingly busy, and I don't envy your task there are SOOoo many talented people out there!
    Thank you for you visit and best wishes....I've been in hospital and only just discharged. I will be catching up with all my blog friends as soon as I can.
    It was a real treat to return home and discover your words awaiting publishing, thank you so much for them, you take care and enjoy your painting!

    Hugs Jane

  4. Dearest Helen, again, you have the perfect situation. Doing what you love, and en plein air near the sea! CAN'T GET ANY BETTER! And thank you so much for coming to visit me! Those shoes? I got those in an antique shoppe and painted them from black to GOLD!

  5. Dear Helen,

    What an honour to be chosen for this very special responsibility. Your words perfectly describe the care and attention that such an honour involves and I know that you, Violetta and Mary Rose must have devoted all of your own wisdom in making that final decision.

    Looking forward to reading more on this exciting endeavour!

    Happy Labour Day,