Young Beiseker artists recognized for work
Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills MLA Bruce Rowe went to the head of the class at a Beiseker Community School assembly to award Grade 5 student Stephanie Bell with the People’s Choice award for the Uptown Olds Art for Kids Contest.
“This is the kind of thing I enjoy the most,” Rowe said of the presentation to Bell.
Bell’s artwork was selected as People’s Choice winner out of 161 entries in the contest. Her painting of the northern lights with the silhouette of two trees will remain on permanent display in Rowe’s Olds office. The other entries will be rotated through the office, Rowe said.
The contest was created by Rowe as a way to engage and encourage children. After his Olds office was renovated, Rowe’s assistant suggested the art contest as a way to decorate the empty walls.
It is the first time the contest has run but Rowe indicated there may be more contests like this in the future.
“Luckily I didn’t have to judge (the contest) because it would have been very, very hard,” Rowe admitted.
The 161 pictures were displayed in businesses in downtown Olds where the public viewed them and voted for the winner.
Bell, a Grade 5 student at Beiseker Community School, said she’s never seen the northern lights herself but got ideas for her illustration from her friends.
“It means a lot,” Bell said of the recognition. “Out of 161 people, I won and that never happens to me.”
She said she had fun creating the painting and the award will encourage her to create more artwork in the future.
“It is always important to recognize when (children) step forward and achieve something,” Rowe said.
Four other students at the school received honourable mentions: Grade 2 students Jayden and Jacob and Grade 5 students Garret and Kaitlin.
Bell received an award certificate that included a copy of her artwork.