Artists Council focuses on youth with scholarships, fun Sundays

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The Artists Council (AC) has partnered with the Fogelson Family Foundation and Palm Springs Unified School District to present the Georgia Fogelson Scholarship Awards, designed to recognize high school students who have participated in the arts and to help them as they pursue their various programs of study in college.

On May 13 at the Artists Center at the Galen, AC board chair David Hatcher welcomed guests to the scholarship awards ceremony and introduced Jerry Fogelson, who presented the Georgia Fogelson Scholarship Awards. A long-time philanthropist, Jerry recalled how ten years ago he and his wife, Georgia, initiated the scholarships in order to help graduating seniors who, like her, were very bright but came from financially challenged backgrounds.

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Georgia worked her way through college, ultimately becoming successful in qualitative analysis and nationally known for her work with Fortune 500 companies. She served on the boards of Columbia College in Chicago and the Palm Springs Art Museum, where she became knowledgeable about many forms of art and artists.

Jerry Fogelson (second from right) poses with Georgia Fogelson Scholarship recipients Ephrain Patterson, Robert Katrenich, Brianna Kidd, Alexandria Junio, Metzli Perez, Vasti Andrade and Jacob Baskin.
Jerry Fogelson (second from right) poses with Georgia Fogelson Scholarship recipients Ephrain Patterson, Robert Katrenich, Brianna Kidd, Alexandria Junio, Metzli Perez, Vasti Andrade and Jacob Baskin.

Ellen Goodman, director of PSUSD Foundation, announced the Georgia Fogelson Scholarship Award recipients, which included Alexandra Junio, Brianna Kidd, Ephraim Patterson, Jacob Baskin, Metzli Perez, Robert Katrenich, Savannah Iribe-Lescure and Vasti Andrade.

In addition, the Artists Council recently presented its first juried Young Artists Exhibition (YAE) for local high school students. At the YAE opening reception, Palm Desert Mayor Jan Harnik said the event fulfilled her long-held desire for the Artists Center at the Galen to benefit the entire valley as a center for the arts. The Artists Council youth programs are supported by Carol and Jim Egan, Darlenna Burleson and Cynthia Buzzard, Renova Energy, Joe Gamble and Terry Anderson, the City of Palm Desert, Lulu Catering and Events and MJR Custom Framing.

On April 24 the Artists Council held its inaugural Community Sunday in the Garden for an enthusiastic crowd. The Bird Singers from Agua Caliente opened the festivities. Dance with Miss Lindsay’s impromptu troupe performed special choreography to the tunes of the Great American Songbook. Under the direction of Willard Lacro, the award-winning Shadow Hills High School Jazz Band wowed the audience. Noted chalk artist Jennifer Ripassa created an amazingly detailed chalk portrait. Hands-on art activities were provided by Flat Black Studio’s graffiti artist Jordan Kyzer, Create Center for the Arts, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert, Desert Plein Air Artists, S.C.R.A.P. Gallery and the Artists Council’s Marshmallow Engineers.

Artists Council Marshmallow Engineers get creative at Community Sunday in the Garden.
Artists Council Marshmallow Engineers get creative at Community Sunday in the Garden.

In keeping with its vision to always have art on the walls of the Artists Center at the Galen, the Artists Council presents “Homage to Collage” Pop-Up Show and Sale with 87 collages created by AC members on display through June 26.

“We encourage our artists to use a combination of mixed media and collage to create pieces that cannot be created with paint or paper alone,” said AC co-chair exhibitions and director communications Uschi Wilson. Admission is free to the Artists Center at the Galen on Wednesdays through Sundays 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Artists Council also hosts art workshops, critiques and book discussion groups. For information on joining or supporting the Artists Council, visit artistscouncil.com or call (760) 565-6130.

Retired from the fashion industry, Suzanne Fromkin serves on the Tools for Tomorrow Board and is publicity chair for the Artists Council. She is an avid art and theater lover.

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