On February 8th, Elsie Grace passed away in a tragic accident.
It is shocking that such a graceful soul was a victim of such tragedy.
Elsie Grace was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother in addition to her dedication to art instruction. Everyone who met Elsie, loved her instantly. She was the most kind, gentle, and giving person. She always wore a smile and never had a bad word to say about anyone.
Elsie was an Art Professor virtually all of her life having spent 33 years teaching at Copper Mountain College (CMC) in Joshua Tree, California along with teaching watercolor painting at various country clubs in the Coachella Valley.
Audrey Gillick remembers a group of student artists on the CMC campus known as Elsie’s Army. “There was a time you could take a class forever,” Gillick, herself an artist, said, “and students would take her class forever. She was always so highly respected and loved. She was something special.”
We ask that you become a soldier in Elsie's Armny and help us kick start the Elsie Grace Scholarship for the Arts Fund.
Our goal is to raise $33,000 = $1,000 for each year she taught at CMC. Depending upon funds raised, the scholarship will be awarded annually to one or two students in the amount of $1,500. Copper Mountain College will maintain and distribute scholarship funds.
Why This Cause?
Elsie was a master watercolorist and a signature member of Watercolor West, an accomplishment of which she was most proud. To achieve signature status (she signs "W.W." after her name), her work had to be juried and accepted three separate times.
Elsie was inducted into the College of the Desert 1997 Hall of Fame for "Outstanding Adjunct Faculty" for 32 years of service as an Art Instructor. She maintained that her teaching experience over the years was the most rewarding, enabling her to share the joy of achievement and the love and appreciation of art.
We, the family, are hoping to carry on Elsie's legacy of sharing the love and appreciation of art by providing financial aid to CMC students on an annual basis.
This is the official fund on behalf of Elsie's Family. Her daughter, Melanie Delay; her grandson, Jason Delay; her granddaughter Justine Carter; her granddaughter, Cindy Greene; and her great-granddaughters Aubrey Carter and Phylicia Delay.
Other Ways You Can Help
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