Two local students recognized by the Gibson Gallery

 

Gibson Gallery board member Lou Roth (centre) presents Rachel Fitzgerald and Dallas Mahaney with their $500 bursaries. Fitzgerald is a General Amherst graduate while Mahaney attended Villanova.

Gibson Gallery board member Lou Roth (centre) presents Rachel Fitzgerald and Dallas Mahaney with their $500 bursaries. Fitzgerald is a General Amherst graduate while Mahaney attended Villanova.

By Ron Giofu

 

A pair of local high school graduates have been recognized by the Gibson Gallery.

Dallas Mahaney, a graduate of St. Thomas of Villanova Secondary School, and General Amherst graduate Rachel Fitzgerald were both awarded $500 bursaries by the gallery as they pursue post-secondary educations in the arts. Lou Roth, a board member with the gallery, made the presentation. Roth is also the chair of the Art by the River organizing committee, with money for the bursaries coming from the previous year’s show.

“I really want to use it for art supplies in university,” said Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald said she was happy to receive the bursary and was also happy that students from the arts community were recognized. The arts, she believed, should receive more recognition.

“They are not as recognized as they should,” said Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald is pursuing a double major in English and visual arts. Her career goals are to become a teacher or a professor but she still hopes to write and be involved in art.

Fitzgerald has had a lifetime love of art and was heavily involved in the arts program at General Amherst. She is also no stranger to the gallery, as she has been teaching children’s art classes at the gallery and acting as the gallery’s docent.

Mahaney will be attending St. Clair College where he is enrolled in the internet application and web development program with that possibly leading to him furthering his education in Toronto. He hopes to move to Toronto in pursuit of an education in interactive media.

“It was something I was not planning on getting,” Mahaney said of the $500 bursary, which he plans to put towards tuition.

Mahaney got involved in art on a more in-depth basis when he went to Villanova. He explored all mediums and techniques, not limiting himself just to one with his style changing significantly through the course of his high school career.

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