New Hopkins Academy scholarship named after artist Hadley John Gnatek
Posted: 12/18/2021 17:43:40 PM
Modified: 12/18/2021 17:43:26
HADLEY – John Gnatek, a longtime Easthampton resident, native of Hadley and a 1951 Hopkins Academy graduate who gained fame as an artist, will soon have a scholarship in his alma mater which bears his name.
To fund the scholarship, a project to sell prints of Gnatek’s historic “Old Hadley, Mass”. mural, which is on display at the Hadley Public Library, is in progress.
In recognition of the city’s 362nd birthday in 2021, Hadley resident Ted Mieczkowski recently paid to have 362 engravings of the Gnatek mural completed in 1956.
At the city’s 350th celebration in 2009, the mural, depicting aspects of the city’s history, including the Hockanum Covered Bridge, the Hopkins Academy and the Home of the Civil War Hero, the Major-General Joseph Hooker, has been made into a commemorative postcard.
Gnatek, 89, signed, titled and numbered each print, and each will sell for $ 60 from the library, with funds establishing the John Gnatek Art Award.
The plan is for this to be a new award that will be awarded each year to a Hopkins Academy graduate who will focus on art in college.
Hadley resident Mary Thayer, who is participating in the sale, said Hopkins Academy trustees will manage the prize. The recipient will be selected by an arts award committee made up of the art teacher and others from the school.
Gnatek is perhaps best known for making watercolor cityscapes of Northampton and Amherst. Many of his works can be found in the R. Michelson Galleries in downtown Northampton.
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