Grace Memorial Visual Art Scholar was Named.

    August 28, 2013

    At a recent Copper Mountain College Foundation celebration, Melinda Tomesello was named as the first recipient of the Grace Memorial Visual Art Scholarship and she received $500.

    CMC Art Professor Cathy Allen said, “Elsie was a teaching role model.  I was impressed with her dedication to the profession of teaching and the ability to inspire students in the classroom. Her art classes were always packed with devoted students.  I am thrilled, and very thankful to Elsie’s family for establishing a student art scholarship in her name. Her legacy of inspiration and dedication to the art profession will continue.” 

    Nationally known watercolorist, Elsie Grace taught art classes at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree, California, for 33 years. In her own words following her retirement party Ms. Grace stated, “No denying. I shall miss teaching at CMC – it was a major part of my life – But, oh – what memories I shall have!” After her retirement in 2004, she was commissioned by La Quinta Resort & Club and painted 230 watercolor views of the hotel’s casitas. 

    The family of Elsie Grace has established a scholarship fund with Copper Mountain College Foundation and was on hand to award the first scholarship.  Granddaughter Cynthia Greene stated, “This was the first step on our journey to continue her legacy by establishing this scholarship in her memory.”  Donations to the Grace Memorial Visual Art Scholarship are being accepted through the Copper Mountain College Foundation at or 760-366-3791 ext. 5012.

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