Pursuing artistic ambitions | Lifestyle

Two area graduating high school students are about to launch their dreams to study art-related subjects in college, helped by scholarships from Rainbow Springs Art in Dunnellon gallery.

Joel Jarquin of Belleview High School and Bethany “Joy” Evans of Lecanto High School each received a $ 1,000 scholarship from the gallery to pursue their artistic goals.

The gallery raises the money from such events as its annual art festival in the spring and other happenings.

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Joel is the son of Gloria Altamirano and Fausto Jarquin of Belleview and plans to attend the Art Institute of Chicago, where he will study studio art, digital art, and graphic design.

Joy is the daughter of Beth Evans of Inverness and Tony Evans of Ocala. She plans to study three dimensional art and theater scene design at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga.

Joel is vice president of the Spanish Club, a member of the National Honor Society, and chemistry club. At the time of this writing, he was expected to be a valedictorian of his class. Joy is president of the chorus and a member of the National Honor Society.

Joel said art to him is a way to express oneself in a universal language that everyone can understand. Joy said through art, she is able to express what’s inside her head that she can’t verbally express.

They both encouraged high school seniors to apply for scholarships.

Joel recommended, “Definitely start early. Look into local scholarships and try to fit a niche. ”

Joy said, “Apply even if you don’t think you’ll get it because you might surprise yourself.”

Rainbow Springs Art in Dunnellon gallery is at 20804 W. Pennsylvania Ave. It is open 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Call 352-445-8547 during business hours or visit the website: www.rainbowspringsart.com.

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