Foundation to finance professional art instruction

Lori Ryland is offering scholarships and art instruction for three selected teenagers with space in class for three more.Sandy resident and artist Lori Ryland has secured a grant from The Puffin Foundation to give scholarships to three local teenagers and teach them how to paint as well as how to use computer software in artistic expression.

The Puffin Foundation is based in New Jersey but has a branch in the western United States. Its mission statement describes its purpose as a way to “open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations that are often excluded from mainstream opportunities because of race, gender or social philosophy.”

Ryland’s plan, according to her approved grant application, is to take applications and conduct interviews to select the three youths who show promise of benefiting from her instruction.

The classes will be two hours in length and will continue weekly for eight weeks.

Ryland is seeking applications from teenagers who are challenged with special needs or who otherwise would not be able to afford these art classes, which will include working in photography, painting and digital media.

The students also will receive a professional paint kit, brushes, canvas and digital fine art papers that they will be able to keep after the course to continue their creative endeavors.

A gallery show, titled “A Bridge to Fame,” will be held Oct. 4 to exhibit the works these students have produced.

Ryland also is accepting applications from three additional teenagers who would like professional art instruction. Since she can work with six students at a time in her Sandy studio, she is offering three non-scholarship openings in the class, which begins Aug. 7.

Applications should be made in person and include the teenage artist and his or her parent. Ryland will be available at her booth during the Sandy Mountain Festival and in her studio from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, which is the final day for applications. The studio is at 39110 Proctor Blvd.

For more information, call Ryland at 503-313-7464 or visit

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