The Artery gains prize-winning intern


Leanna Knapp won second place out of 400 contestants for her life-size wedding dress sculpture at the 2013 Art Fields show.

Special to The Star
Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 08:02 AM.

There’s a new face at The Artery in the form of intern Leanna Knapp.

Though Knapp was raised in Macon, Georgia, she found her way to Gulf County when her mother recently relocated to Mexico Beach.

Once Knapp had finished up her studies at the University of Georgia in September, she faced the task of figuring out what was next. Determined to find a job she loved, she moved in with her mother at the beach for some relaxation and inspiration.

On a trip to Port St. Joe, she visited The Artery where she met owner and operator Leslie Wentzell.

The recent recipient of a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in sculpture, Knapp felt right at home in the studio and eagerly showed Wentzell her art portfolio.

Wentzell liked what she saw and mentioned to Knapp that she needed some extra help around the studio and was looking for a face to help her business appeal to a younger crowd.

As it happened, Knapp was looking for some experience working in an art-based environment. The meeting led to Knapp starting an internship with The Artery in February and it’s been “a dream come true” for the young sculptor.

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