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The Florence Thomas Art School will postpone the 2020 Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts for 2021. The celebration in 2021 will consist of three events: an Opening Reception & Concert, a Symposium, and an Expressive Arts workshop in conjunction with a month long exhibit including the work of local and regional female artists.

In 2020 we will be remembering artist Sherry Edwards Waterworth.  Click the link below to read more.

Remembering Artist Sherry Edwards Waterworth

This annual event is designed to celebrate and remember Corey Anne Considine’s life, by examining and celebrating women and their influence in the arts, while supporting and nurturing young female artists.

Corey Obituary

Corey Anne Considine passed away in a vehicle accident in Calistoga , CA on June 6 ,2013. A native of Ashe County, she would have celebrated her 30th birthday that August. From her youngest days, she was a passionate advocate for women and girls. Corey had a passion for drawing, painting, dance and design. She was involved in the healing arts and was a great nurturer. She was launching a new line of herbal face creams under the brand of Napa Valley Beauty using a photo of her late grandmother as the model on the label.


The 2022 Emerging Artist Scholarship will be an open application.  Emerging Artists will be an exhibitor during the month of August, 2022, and will be eligible for the $250 scholarship towards exhibition related expenses.  Please contact us for details.






Donations to the Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts can be made at any time.  Make checks payable to the “Corey Anne Fund” and mail them to:

Florence Thomas Art School
PO Box 865
West Jefferson, NC 28694

Donations to the Corey Anne Celebration of Women in the Arts will fund the future celebrations.  Funds are primarily applied to: Emerging Artist Scholarship for Exhibition, Speaker Fees, Exhibition Expenses