LACONIA — The annual Annalee Thorndike Art Competition, sponsored by the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, was held again this year at the Belknap Mill. The students’ artwork was on exhibit from April 7 to 12, with an awards ceremony held on the final day.
This competition was open to all area high school seniors who plan on majoring in art or a related field. “This year was particularly interesting,” said committee chairperson, Pam Hayes of the scholarship foundation.
“We had five student-artists, each from a different Lakes Region high school. Together they represented a high level of diversity from a broad field of art programs. We were honored to have three local artists, Roger Gagne, Elaine Morrison and Ann Saunderson, judge each of the artists’ five pieces of art, examine the required sketchbooks, and read the artists statements to determine the winner.”
To begin the evening, Chuck and Karen Thorndike shared some personal glimpses into the life and career of Annalee Thorndike, who established this award in 2000 as her way of supporting the arts. When it came time for the awards, Jacqueline Hanson from Belmont High School took the top honor, receiving a $1,000 award. This will award be applied toward her tuition in the fall. Other award winners were Sam Swedberg of Moultonborough Academy, Sarah Joseph from Winnisquam High School, Alexa McNamara from Gilford High School and Matthew Sundius from Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith.
Pam Hayes said, “Over the years, this scholarship has helped many high school students continue their studies in art and then continue on to sustaining art careers. The Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation is proud of their role as the sponsor of this competition, which helps to keep Annalee Thorndike’s dream of supporting art students alive for generations to come.
The annual Annalee Thorndike Art Scholarship Competition awards ceremony was held April 12 at at the Belknap Mill. Taking first-place honors was Jacqueline Hanson, a senior at Belmont High School. Jacqueline is pictured with the competition judges (from left) Elaine Morrison, Roger Gagne and Ann Saunderson. The competition, sponsored through the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, offers awards to high school seniors planning to major in art or an art related field. (Courtesy photo)