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White Plains Scholarship Winners' Artwork On Display At Festival

Artwork from 2014's White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival.
Artwork from 2014's White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival. Photo Credit: File

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – White Plains High School seniors who won art scholarships in early May will have their artwork displayed at the 53rd White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival (WPOAF) Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Tibbits Park.

WPOAF awarded $14,000 in art scholarships to six White Plains High School Seniors during a presentation at City Hall in White Plains earlier in May. The six students were recognized for their “exceptional talent and devotion to their art.”

This year’s top scholarship prize of $4,000 was awarded to WPHS senior Max Crawley. Crawley is already an award-winning artist, having won the City of White Plains reusable bag design contest in 2012 and the Katonah Museum of Art’s invitation design contest for its 2015 Young Artists exhibition. Devan Lawrence, Martina Poppe and Julio Santos received $2,500 scholarships; Arya Vasudevan received a $1,500 scholarship; and John O’Shea received a $1,000 award.

The scholarships will be sent directly to the college or university where the students enroll next year to help the students continue their artistic pursuits in a variety of mediums. The scholarships are made possible by the efforts of the all-volunteer WPOAF organizing committee.

For 40 of its 53 years, WPOAF has donated the net proceeds of the festival to the scholarship fund. The committee estimates it has awarded in excess of $170,000 over that time.

The WPOAF event offers artwork, jewelry and other unique, one- of-a-kind gifts for friends and family. The festival features approximately 70 artists displaying paintings, photography, ceramics, leatherwork, textiles, jewelry and many other handcrafted items. The attractions also include children's art activities, an exhibit of the scholarship winners’ work and an emerging artists’ display.

There is also the raffle tent with items donated by the participating artists, as well as a food court where visitors can dine al fresco.

Tibbits Park is at North Broadway and Main Street in White Plains.

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