Summer Art Scholarships

Students at the Grand Manan Community School will be eligible to receive free tuition for art workshops to be held on Grand Manan in July and August of 2018.

As a high school student, Hamilton artist Barry Coombs ( had the opportunity to attend art programs during school breaks in March. He was grateful for this experience, and as a way of giving something back, he will provide free materials and tuition for a Grand Manan Community School student (in Grades nine to 12) to attend his workshop Sketching and Watercolour Painting to be held from July 30 to August 3, 2018.

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Barry has led workshops in Quebec and Maritime Canada for twenty years as well as many international painting holidays in England, Italy, France, Greece, Portugal and Mexico. He exhibits his work locally and internationally and he represented Canada at the G20 World Artist Festival in Seoul, South Korea in 2010.

Toronto artists Martha Johnson and Jennifer Hinrichs, who are both associated with Island Arts on Grand Manan, will also be offering free tuition to deserving GMCS students.

Martha Johnson ( has a BA in Fine Art from the University of Guelph, and she has been teaching drawing and painting at the Avenue Road Arts School in Toronto since 1996. She is known for her passionate approach to the landscape. Her recent avian paintings and sculptures have developed as a result of her time spent on Grand Manan re-discovering an historic event when an Albatross from Antarctica was sited in the Bay of Fundy in 1913. Her workshop Painting Grand Manan (Acrylic Painting for Travellers) runs from July 8 to 15, 2018.

Jennifer Hinrichs ( has been teaching drawing and painting to beginners and more advanced students for several years at the Avenue Road Arts School and George Brown College in Toronto. Her own pastels and paintings are in collections across North America and Bermuda, where she was an artist-in-residence with the Masterworks Foundation. Her workshop Landscape With Mixed Media: Paint, Pastels and More . . . will be from July 15 to 22.

Grand Manan artist Carole Forbes ( will also offer a student scholarship for one of her summer workshops Art Adventure on Grand Manan to be held at the Dragonfly Art Supply in North Head from July 8-10 and August 19-21, 2018. Carole has been a professional artist for over 37 years, and while teaching herself she developed a drawing and painting technique that she now teaches to others. This is a studio workshop, and whether you are a beginner or experienced, you are sure to learn new ways to enhance your artwork. The focus is on drawing and inktense pencils and watercolour paint.

Applications for these scholarships may be submitted to the Gallery in care of Sara Griffin ( Students should include samples of their artwork (preferably three or four jpeg files), and a letter describing their interest in art. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2018.