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Parsons-Bruce Art Association Scholarship Applications Available

Parsons-Bruce Art Association announces that scholarship applications are now available in the Guidance Department at Halifax County High School and on line for the 2016 scholarship award.

The application is open to all Halifax County residents who are high school seniors attending Halifax County High School,  or a private high schools in the surrounding area.  Applicants must be planning a college major related to the arts in the fields of painting, photography, drama, music, dance or creative writing.

The application is also open to Halifax County residents currently attending college pursuing a degree in the arts or a related field as listed above.

The application deadline is May 1, 2016.

For more information visit the Guidance Department at Halifax County High School or click here to download the application in PDF format.

Former Resident, Karen Johnston to have display at The Prizery

The Parsons-Bruce Art Association will feature the work of former Halifax County resident, Karen Johnston, in the Robert F. Cage Gallery at the Prizery during January and February.  The exhibit is called “Uno Alto Volta,” which means “One at a Time.” The opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, January 10, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in the Robert F. Cage Gallery at the Prizery.  The public is invited to attend.
A native of Pennsylvania, Johnston and her family were residents of South Boston during the early to mid 90’s.  She earned a B. A. from Marshall University, and taught special education.  She also worked with visually impaired infants while living in Lexington, KY.

According to Johnston, “My artistic journey has taken many paths.” She says, “I’ve worked with fabric creations; from doll clothes to designing my own wedding gown, to creating teddy bears.”  Her love of creating floral arrangements and interior design led her to a design business focusing on the art of Feng Shui. Johnston became interested in painting and began taking classes after retiring in Tryon, North Carolina.  “This new path has evolved over the years beginning in watercolor but soon expanding to oil, pastel, encaustic and mixed media,” she explains. She continues to take classes and workshops to broaden her spectrum of media.  Her subjects range from still life and landscapes to abstract expressionism. 

The exhibit will be on display for viewing and purchasing during the Prizery’s regular operating hours through February 2016. 

Halifax County represented on the Executive Christmas Tree in Richmond

Local artist, Susan Wilkinson (right) presents Cathy Cole, Co-Chairman of Parsons-Bruce Art Association, with an original, handcrafted ornament that will hang on the Christmas tree at the Executive Mansion in Richmond this holiday season.

 Parsons-Bruce Art Association was asked by Doug Bowman, Chairman of the Halifax County Board of Supervisors, to assist the county in finding an artist to create an ornament to represent Halifax County on the 2015 Executive Christmas tree entitled “Celebrating Virginia’s Localities.”

Susan Wilkinson, a member of Parsons-Bruce Art Association, created an ornament that features scenes from Halifax County, including the Halifax County Courthouse designed and built by Dabney Cosby, Sr., in 1838-1839.  The reverse side of the ornament shows tobacco crops, once a vital part of the rich agricultural history of the county.

he ornament is a real egg laid by a chicken hatched in a Halifax County Public Schools classroom as part of a 4-H project.  The egg was donated to Wilkinson by Pam Alderson, Co-Chairman of Parsons-Bruce Art Association and owner of the chicken.

Wilkinson decorated the egg with an ancient wax-resist method of egg dying still used in the Ukraine known as Pysanka, which comes from the Ukrainian word meaning “to write.”

             December at the Executive Mansion is a special time where thousands of visitors come to see Virginia’s historic “First House” decked out in holiday décor.  This year among the beautifully handcrafted ornaments from some of Virginia’s 95 counties, 38 cities and 191 towns, Halifax County will be proudly represented by this beautiful and unique ornament.  

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Daniel Ivey,
Jan 11, 2016, 8:28 AM