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TREASURE ISLAND ART GUILD (TI-AG)


July 2017 NEWSLETTER


The Treasure Island Art Guild has for many years awarded scholarships to inspiring students embarking on studies in art at the college level. Ms. Marica S James was one of two students to share this first place award at the May 2017 luncheon of the Art Guild.


Marica’s art work is featured throughout this web page. She writes:

I am extremely thankful to have been awarded this scholarship by the Treasure Island Art Guild. After years of creating and working hard, the Art Guild saw something in me that others did not; the feeling is wholesomely positive and uplifting. For the past four years, I have been attending Gibbs High School in PCCA’s Visual Art Department and the years preceding were equally art-filled which is what shaped me into the artist I am today. My art is predominantly vibrant and lighthearted, with aspects of surrealism, though I enjoy venturing into both deeper or realistic subjects. In the fall, I’ll be attending the School of Cinematic Arts, at the University of Southern California majoring in Animation & Digital Arts to prepare myself for a career in animation and film. Though I will soon be leaving Florida, I won’t forget the people I’ve met and opportunities I’ve had and I hope that in the future I can make those who have supported me, as well as the Treasure Island Art Guild, - proud.

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In 2016 through 2017 Marica did a Self-Conducted Research Study on the visual artists of Pinellas County (Saint Petersburg emphasis) and what they consider to be the advantages and disadvantages of their careers to examine the reality and misconception of visual art as a career through the artists’ perspectives.

During this year (2017) Marica participated in the following Award and Exhibitions:

  • Exhibiting Artist, Word & Image, Morean Art Center,
  • Exhibiting Artist, Student Surrealist Art Exhibition, Salvador Dalí Museum,
  • Waltz of the Flowers winning design; romantic style tutu designer – Gibbs High School,
  • Exhibiting Artist, Florida State Fair Finalist, Florida State Fair,

  • Art Show Finalist, 44th Art Festival Beth – EL: Emerging Artists for the 21st Century High School Exhibition,
  • A solo exhibition winner, Morean Arts Center, Gibbs High School,
  • Digital Exhibitor, Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Center for Visual Arts at Interlochen Center for the Arts, “ Juried Digital Exhibition”. Gray (Film),
  • Digital Exhibitor, Herbert H. and Barbara C. Dow Center for Visual Arts at Interlochen Center for the Arts, “ Juried Digital Exhibition”. Deep Sea (Digital Painting),
  • Exhibiting Artist, Pinellas County’s 3+ Dimensions,
  • ACE Principals Breakfast Artist Speaker, Museum of Fine Arts,
  • Treasure Island Art Guild Scholarship Winner,
  • Miniature Art Society Scholarship Winner,
  • Walker’s Rising Stars Scholarship Finalist,
  • Pinellas County Schools Student Recognition Ceremony, Largo High School


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Also given out at the May luncheon was the joint first place scholarship awarded to Ms Lilli Tollefson.

Click here to review her web page: Award: Ms Lilli Tollefson.


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