Talented young people from throughout northwestern Connecticut held the spotlight Sept. 22 as the After School Arts Program hosted its inaugural Celebration of Emerging Artists: an Evening of Performance and Fine Art.

One hundred and fifty guests were in attendance at the Abigail J. Woodhall Performing Arts Center at the Woodhall School in Bethlehem to enjoy the evening's exhibit and performance by gifted visual artists, musicians, writers and dancers.

Before the performance, guests were invited to view artwork in the gallery while being treated to music by pianist Mark Corbett, of Southbury, and food by New Morning Market in Woodbury.

The "emerging artists" were selected to receive scholarships through ASAP's 2012 summer grant program. Each was able to spend the summer refining their talents at prominent arts institutions across the world, such as Rhode Island School of Design, New York University classical voice summer intensive and the Alasdair Fraser fiddle program at the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

This year's grant recipients were Thomas Barkal, of New Milford; Ian Bowman, of Washington; Andre Cardenas, of New Milford; Olivia Conforti of Naugatuck; Bailey Cummings, of Wolcott; Emily Deanne, of New Preston; Emily Giarrano, of Washington Depot; Grace Giordano, of Bethlehem; Christina Jenkins, of New Fairfield; Danielle Orlando, of Waterbury; James Pavlick, of Litchfield; Evelyn Rinaldi, of Naugatuck; Erik Saalmuller, of Woodbury; Mikayla Sapack, of Southbury; Madeline Stenson, of Torrington; Sebastian Taylor, of Bridgewater; Karlin Wong, of New York; and Mike Yedowitz, of Bridgewater.

The celebration was sponsored in part by Eagle Electric, Edwina and John Millington, Susan and Murray Haber, Jill and Michael Lloyd, Ron Leal and Joseph Montebello, Peter Rogness and Rob Parker, and Sara and Robert Savage.