Priscilla Hodges Fund

The Priscilla Hodges Scholarship Fund is designed for adult applicants in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire who want to enhance their art education by participating in a special fine art workshop, seminar or continuing education course.

In addition, the fund also has underwritten artists’ workshops on topics such as watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, as well as drawing and pastel painting seminars.

The scholarship fund was established in the late 1980s in memory of Melvin Village resident and artist Priscilla Hodges Saunders. An early member of the Governor Wentworth Arts Council, she studied and painted local landscapes and New Hampshire points of interest. In her desire to continually expand her artistic knowledge and painting skills, Hodges attended special artists’ workshops around the region. Her enthusiasm and abundant energy encouraged and inspired many others to do the same. It is in this spirit that this scholarship is offered. The Governor Wentworth Arts Council administers the Priscilla Hodges Scholarship Fund.

General inquires about the scholarship fund should be directed to

Download Priscilla Hodges Scholarship Fund Workshop Application

Download the following link for a Scholarship Application for funding:


Please read the following description of the upcoming workshop;

Leslie Hudson-Tolles – September Artists Workshop Teacher/Artist

The Governor Wentworth Arts Council’s Priscilla Hodges Scholarship Fund will be sponsoring a Fall Artist’s Workshop at Camp Belknap on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Tuftonboro. The workshop will be held September 18-20 (Monday through Wednesday) from 9AM to 4PM each day. The artist instructor will be Leslie Hudson-Tolles from Cleveland, North Carolina. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. from the University of Bridgeport CT and earned a M.S. at Southern Connecticut University with post graduate work in printmaking. Hudson-Tolles was named Art Educator of the Year in 1991 (CT) and in 2001 received the Distinguished Educators Award from the Connecticut Alliance for Arts Education.

She has been an art teacher for 40 years and a practicing artist in her own right using a variety of media. She conducts adult art classes at her home studio in addition to teaching Art at Scared Heart School and the Barnabus Program in Salisbury, NC. Her work can be found in collections and galleries around the country and has been featured on the covers of many magazines such as The Chronicle of the Horse, Equine Images and Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar. She is experienced in many media but says, “I find it limiting to define my art by media or a subject matter. I love having my tool box filled with pastels, paints, ink, colored pencils and clay. I love the differences- different textures, surfaces, techniques.” Her work can be seen on her web site : www.lhudson-

She entitles her workshop, “ Beginning with an Inkling of the End in Mind”. The intent of this unique workshop is to “facilitate participants in taking their art to the next level whether it be in composition or color or exploration of media.” Instead of focusing on one particular media for all, she will focus on the individual artist and their chosen medium. She plans on “providing them with composition techniques and “fixes” as well as a tool box of trouble shooting shortcuts gleaned from her 40 plus years of helping artists of all ages and from her career as a fine artist.” It will be a user friendly workshop where EVERY artist is encouraged to pursue their individual path and all interested artists from beginner through the advanced are welcomed. There will be demonstrations and plenty of one on one time….and fun!!

A registration form is available on GWAC’s website: The cost is $150 for GWAC members and $200 for non-members. Participants will bring their materials of choice and will also supply their own lunch each day. Water, coffee and morning snacks will be provided.

If interested in this workshop please download an application form and send it along to : Nancy Piper, Box 14, Ctr. Tuftonboro, NH 03816 with your check made out to: GWAC. Nancy can also be reached at: with any questions. Registration is limited to ensure individual attention and the quality of instruction. Sign up is first come first serve and a wait list will be compiled.