Guyer’s Bright Young Artist Recognized

Guyer’s Bright Young Artist Recognized

by Steve Gamel

Barely a night goes by where Elizabeth Heyns isn’t trying something new with the special effects makeup and various supplies she keeps in her bedroom. She’ll watch endless amounts of YouTube videos in hopes of finding tips and tricks she’s never heard of before, and even tries her experiments out on herself as practice rounds.

“She’ll come downstairs to show us the work she’s done, and she’ll have plants growing on her face,” said Elizabeth’s father, Garrett Heyns. “You just sit there and think, ‘wow, that’s pretty cool.’ It’s raw talent, and she absolutely loves it.”

That passion recently landed Elizabeth, a Lantana resident and junior at Guyer High School, a $10,000 grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Cultural Trust. She and 14 other students from Texas were recognized as the state’s brightest young artists at a special ceremony and concert on April 16 at the ZACH Theatre in Austin.

Elizabeth was the only Texas Young Master from Denton County and the first to be recognized in the visual arts category for special effects makeup. She’ll use the recent grant to attend Vancouver Film School’s 2018 Summer Intensive Make-up Design for Film and Television course.

“I think the uniqueness of what she is doing caught the judges’ eyes,” Garrett Heyns said. “You’ve got kids there for a variety of reasons, and I think they are trying to diversify. You don’t see a lot of kids who do what she does, and I think it’s great that she’s receiving affirmation and encouragement to keep doing what she loves doing. You can’t put a price on that.”

The grant program was created to recognize and support young students who have a passion and skill set in dance, theater, film, music, media, and literary and visual arts. There were 300 applicants this year, and the grants are designed to give them a leg up on opportunities they might not have before heading off to college.

Elizabeth and her family applied for the grant and were floored when she
was selected.

“The Texas Young Masters grant program was created as a way to recognize and support young students pursuing the dream of becoming the next generation of prominent Texas artists,” TCA Executive Director Gary Gibbs said in a press release. “These gifted artists earned the Young Masters title because of their outstanding artistic ability, talent, and dedication to developing their knowledge in their chosen discipline. We congratulate them on their accomplishments.”

Garrett Heyns said the grant money is a godsend in terms of putting Elizabeth
in front of professionals who can teach her the secrets of the industry and give her one-on-one guidance she’s never had before.

“When you’re a parent, you watch your kids and hope to see something that they latch onto and really enjoy doing,” Garrett Heyns said. “It’s exciting, and we are happy to see her put effort like this toward something she loves.

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