Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod

Sidestreet Splendor
by Alexandrine Bartlett

A River Runs Through It
by Maureen Spinale

Scholarship Winners, 2017


Elizabeth Bressoud, Emily Wright, Mathea Madsen


Danae Lenda

PPSCC Awards 2017 Scholarships to Four Aspiring Artists

We are pleased to announce that four talented young artists have been honored in the 2017 Scholarship Awards Program. Danae Lenda of Nauset Regional High School and Elizabeth Bressoud, Mathea Madsen, and Emily Wright of Falmouth High School will each receive a scholarship of $500 in the form of a gift certificate for the purchase of art supplies, a set of artist grade pastels, and the opportunity to exhibit a work of art at the PPSCC Annual Members Show in the fall of 2017.

All recipients of this award plan to study a visual arts related field at the postsecondary level. Applicants submitted five examples of artwork, a statement of art background, experience and future aspirations to pursue visual arts, and a recommendation from their schools.

Nauset High School’s Danae Lenda will attend the University of San Francisco where she will double major in fine arts and art history in preparation for a career as an illustrator, art teacher, or a museum curator.

Danae is also an accomplished dancer and musician. She has exhibited and sold her work at Oysterfest on the Cape. She is also a National Honor Society member and has devoted numerous hours to community service.

Elizabeth Bressoud is one of three talented scholarship recipients from the fine arts program at Falmouth High School. Elizabeth is looking forward to pursuing a career in art therapy after attending Framingham State University.  She is a member of the National Arts Honor Society. Elizabeth has earned awards for her art at the Cape Cod Art Association’s “Beginnings” exhibit, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s “Marine Arts” contest, and received a Congressional Arts Award. She is also captain of her school’s Color Guard and earned a varsity letter for sailing.

Mathea Madsen has earned numerous awards for her artwork, including Gold and Silver Key and Honorable Mention Awards in the Scholastic Art Awards, prizes in the Cape Cod Art Association’s “Beginnings” exhibit and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s “Marine Arts” contest, and Blue Ribbon and Best in Show for drawing in the Barnstable County Fair. She also participated in Art All State, a weeklong collaborative art experience held at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is an active community servant, and has been described as a leader for her work with elementary age children in arts related projects.  Mathea is planning to major in visual arts and minor in psychology at the University of Delaware. She hopes to pursue a career in art therapy.

Emily Wright plans to study studio art and political science at the university level in the fall. She is considering McGill University, Tufts University and Oberlin College. She has had the opportunity to participate in many shows and competitions for which her artwork has been recognized, including a 2nd place award in the Congressional Art Competition and Honorable Mention in the Stellwagen Book Art Contest. Her art has been exhibited at the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Massachusetts State House, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Highfield Hall in Falmouth, Falmouth Historical Society, Woods Hole summer art shows, and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Emily serves as secretary for the National Arts Honor Society and was recently selected for an internship at Heritage Museum and Gardens. She has also participated in community service projects, notably a collaboration with elementary students to create a 16 foot mural for a local bike path.


2016 Scholarships Recipients 

Grace Fernandes of Monomoy Regional High School, Gabrielle Gomez of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, Vanessa Liu of Falmouth High School and Kiana Suchecki, a 2013 graduate of Nauset who attends the Rhode Island School of Design, will each receive a scholarship of $500 in the form of a gift certificate for the purchase of art supplies, a set of artist grade pastels, and the opportunity to exhibit a work of art at the PPSCC Annual Members Show at the Falmouth Arts Center in the fall of 2016.