Two Ashley Ridge High School visual arts students were each awarded a $4,500 scholarship at the 2016 Summerville ROCKS! auction, held back on April 30, 2016 at the Summerville Country Club.
Miriam Muhammad, an advanced placement art student, received the Larry Barnfield Arts Scholarship for those intending to teach — as well as practice — one of the arts. Miriam, who created “A Modern Impression of New York City as part of her work in AP Art, plans to attend Winthrop University in Rock Hill, majoring in Fine Arts and Education.
Samantha Waters received the Summerville Artist Guild scholarship.
Samantha intends to go to Brigham Young University in Utah to pursue a double major in Biotechnology and Visual Art. She said she will continue studying the arts in college because her art has been such a large part of her life as far back as she can remember.
Both of the graduating seniors studied AP Art with Ashley Ridge High School AP Art teacher Catherine Ellis. They will each receive $4,500, funded by last year’s auction
Summerville ROCKS! founder Jane Orenstein award the scholarships, with the assistance of retired Dorchester District 2 Arts Director Larry Barnfield.
The 2016 event brought some 200 people to the BBQ dinner and auction to bid on 16 children’s rockers and 42 adult chairs, earning an equal or greater amount for next year’s scholarship recipients.
Summerville Artist Guild President Renee Bruce and Summerville ROCKS! Committee chairman Jan Dalton welcomed the crowd and event coordinator Judy Larocque introduced auctioneer Justin Pye of Carriage House Auction Gallery.
The Summerville ROCKS! committee also included M. Faith Cuda, Clair Hudson, Yarbi Wincke, Suzanne Cox, Diana Barth, Tami Bretz, Mary-Jo Fuller, Rich Lightfoot, and John Lindroth. The committee thanks all who helped, from chairs sponsors and artists to the community members attended this year’s event.