By Kathy L. Collins

longartslogoThe 2014 High School Art Show, sponsored by General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC)  Brandon Service League (BSL), was held on Thursday, March 6 at Center Place in Brandon.

There were numerous entries from area high school students. The artwork consisted of oil, watercolor, acrylic and photography.

The first place winner in 2D was Morgan Napper from Plant City High School with “E=MC2.”

First place for photography went to Leah Pignataro from Bloomingdale High School for “Sunny Sunday Show.”

First place for 3D was awarded to Alexa Treglia from Blake High School for her piece called “Work At Play.”

Artist and long-time area resident, Meletha Everett, served as judge for the show. Everett said, “I was very pleased with the artwork this year.” Everett added, “Anybody can do anything they want. It’s about the amount of work they do and having a positive attitude.”

All of the students had a positive artist’s statement this year. Everett spent two and a half hours reviewing the artwork and making her selections

For over 20 years the GFWC BSL has sponsored this show which is held each March.

Over time, the show has grown as has the commitment of the members of GFWC BSL to the event.

The GFWC BSL sponsors the prize money that the students receive.

In addition, the club gives $500 to the Arts Departments of area high schools including Riverview, Bloomingdale, Armwood, Brandon, Newsome and Durant.

Dianne Forester, President of GFWC BSL said, “We like to be able to give back to the community and working with students and in the arts is just one of the ways we are involved in the community.”

The GFWC BSL also awards an annual scholarship to a high school senior who will pursue further education in the arts.

Area seniors who are interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Judy Darsey at or 651-1240.

The GFWC BSL is able to do all it does in the community thanks to the support they receive at their various fundraisers including their upcoming Spring Fling set for Saturday, April 5 at the Fraternal Order of Police in Seffner.

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