Island Art Association
Submitted by Marla McDaniel
May 30, 2019 3:00 p.m.

Dylan Gelderman, Fernandina Beach High School, is awarded $1,500 for his art portfolio.  Presenting the award is Betty Rufus, IAA Scholarship Committee.

Island Art Association announces “Scholarship and Shrimp” awards from the month of May. Two scholarships were awarded to high school seniors. Dylan Gelderman, Fernandina Beach High School, was awarded $1,500 for his portfolio. Karen Dodge is the FBHS art teacher, and the department was given $500 for art supplies. From Kimberly Archer’s class at Yulee High School, a $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Britney Nipper. Awards were based on art portfolios submitted as the seniors graduate. Four Island Art exhibiting artists judged the student art.

Shrimp Fest. Best in Show Ricardo Marrero, watercolor; Shrimp Fest. Second Place Overall, Robbin Reddick, photography; Shrimp Fest. Third Place Overall, Patricia Karnes, jewelry; Shrimp Fest; First Place Overall, Glen Woods, ceramics.

IAA works throughout the year to organize a high quality fine arts and crafts show for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. Their management and hospitality is appreciated by 350 participating artists, selected from over 600 applicants. Judges are sought from the southeast region, selected, and arrive to award ten awards of Merit – $100 each, nine awards of Best in Category- $300 each, and overall First, Second, Third and Best in Show. Best in Show went to Ricardo Marrero, watercolor. Ricardo was awarded $2,500. First Place was Glen Woods, ceramics, awarded $1,200. Second Place was Robbin Reddick, photography, awarded $1,200. Third Place was Patricia Karnes, jewelry, awarded $500. IAA is a 501c3 organization with a charitable and educational mission, and a cooperative gallery with fifty exhibiting artists, all of whom volunteer to run the gallery. For a detailed list on Shrimp Festival winners, how to support IAA’s mission, information on classes and workshops, visit, and stop by the gallery at 18 N. 2nd St. historic downtown Fernandina Beach.


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