The board of directors of the Kennebec Valley Art Association recently voted to invest our scholarship funds with the Maine Community Foundation as of 2010, to meet our goals of improved oversight and ongoing professional financial management. Currently we have one active scholarship, and we anticipate that the second, called Kennebec Valley Art Association Memorial Scholarship, will be available in 2011 or 2012, and it will be for a graduating senior at Hall-Dale High School pursuing post-secondary education in the visual arts or art education.
This scholarship in memory of two long-time members of the Kennebec Valley Art Association in Hallowell supports a graduating senior at Cony High School pursuing post-secondary education in the visual arts or art education. Visit the Maine Community Foundation’s Scholarship page for Kennebec County for details.
Antoinette Tardiff celebrating the Harlow Gallery’s 40th anniversary in 2003. Picture from the Kennebec Journal.
Antoinette Tardiff an Augusta native, was a charter member of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, founded in 1958. Antoinette started painting in 1951 and found it to be a rewarding expression of her feelings and ideas which she enjoyed sharing with others. She painted in different media, but preferred watercolor. She studied art with James Elliot, John Muench, Marion Chapman, Leo Meissner and Frederic Hynd. Antoinette herself taught art as a volunteer at the Augusta Mental Health Institute, and also in Augusta schools and surrounding communities. Works by AntoinetteTardiff can be found in collections throughout the United States, as well as in several foreign countries, especially Canada. During her lifetime, Mrs. Tardiff’s work was exhibited widely in Maine, most notably the Maine State Art Festival at the Statehouse in Augusta, the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Cumston Hall in Monmouth and at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. In 1978 one of her seascapes was selected for display in the office of the late Senator Edmund Muskie in Washington, D.C.
Blanche T. Fine was a member of the KVAA from 1967 until her death in 1977. While she resided in Maine she was an active and loyal member of the art association, where she volunteered as a gallery “hostess” through the 60’s. She continued to support the KVAA after she and her husband retired to Flourtown, Pennsylvania. Blanche’s husband, Dr. Salem Fine, established the scholarship in her memory in 1978.