Student artist hopes to expand perspective with trip abroad
When Ashley Fowler went to New York last summer she got a little taste of great artists such as Picasso and Van Gogh. The trip wasn’t enough to quench her thirst for great art.Fowler, 17, of Glenwood Springs, is a senior at Glenwood Springs High School. She doesn’t want to wait until she graduates from high school to expand her artistic repertoire.For the next three months, Fowler is going into fund-raising overdrive to earn $8,000 to attend a study abroad program in Spain.The program lasts five months, from January to April. Fowler would study Spanish, art and other subjects. If she raises the money, Fowler will spend five weeks in Salamanca, five weeks in Grenada, one week in Madrid and one week on spring break.The money pays for Fowler’s room and board, food, excursions, tuition and plane ticket.The program is a 12-week dual credit program, which means Fowler would earn both high school and college credits.”My parents support me 150 percent but my mom is the only one working so they can’t financially support the trip,” said Fowler.Fowler works anywhere from 20-30 hours a week at three different jobs. Every day after school she watches kids and cleans toys at a day care center. Fowler works at Canyon Bikes 8-10 hours a week and Dairy Queen 6-12 hours a week.Fowler looked into financial aid programs and scholarships, but she can’t receive either without a high school diploma. Fowler doesn’t graduate until April of this year.When Fowler graduates, she wants to go to Colorado Mountain College or Colorado State University until she builds a portfolio that will get her into Pratt University, a prestigious art school in New York.”I’m part Spanish, this is part of my culture,” Fowler said. “I would like to get a different outlook on life and see what life is like from something other than an American perspective.”Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. email@example.comHow to helpFor more information, or to help Ashley Fowler find a way to Spain, call her at 945-6389. Fowler is selling her artwork to raise money for the trip.For more information, or to help Ashley Fowler find a way to Spain, call her at 945-6389. Fowler is selling her artwork to raise money for the trip.
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