Taste of the Coast gives the gift of art one last time

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM.

“We’ll produce a lot of better artwork,” he said. “Last year, we were limited to what we could do, so this is awesome.”

Hodges still has more supplies she’d like to add to her classes including a printing press somewhere down the line.

“If we don’t do what everyone else is doing, then we can’t get better,” said Hodges.

Leslie Wentzell, owner and operator of The Artery in Port St. Joe received funds to improve her studio programs in any way she saw fit.

Known for hosting summer and afterschool classes for kids across a variety of mediums that include acrylic painting, clay and watercolors, Wentzell chose to put the funds toward scholarships for prospective pupils who have an interest in art, but may otherwise not be able to afford them.

“The biggest impact is to use for the funds for scholarships,” she said. “A good number of children take advantage of them.”

While some students are referred through area schools for scholarships, Wentzell encourages parents to call for more information.

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