The winners of the 2022 Arbor Month Art Contest hosted by the city of Lake Oswego were announced Saturday, May 21, at the Lake Oswego Farmers Market.
In celebration of Lake Oswego Arbor Month as well as 33 years of Tree City USA status, the city hosted a tree- and wildlife-themed art contest for elementary school students in the community.
This contest has been a beloved event throughout the city for over a decade, according to contracted arborist Morgan Holen. It first began as a poetry contest before transitioning to artwork to allow Lake Oswego youth more opportunities to tap into their creative sides.
"The art contest has been a lot of fun for the past few years, and that's why we've kind of stuck with allowing kids to freely draw and create because it gives them more freedom to interpret the theme however they want — and the turnout has been great," Holen said in a previous interview with the Review.
Students were invited to create an art piece centered around the theme of "wildlife in the urban forest." Participants were encouraged to create art in different mediums that feature insects, amphibians, mammals or any other type of animal that lives within a forest setting. This year the city decided to hold the contest electronically as an experiment. Students were invited to create art, scan the piece and upload a digital file for consideration.
Students were divided by grades. In the kindergarten-through-second-grade division, Rose Milner, a first-grader from Forest Hills Elementary, took home third place for her drawing called "Night Flight in Lake Oswego." Rose used colored pencils and markers to illustrate a forest at night with bats flying around and hanging off a large tree. Runner-up Heidi Searon, a kindergartner from Lake Grove Elementary, drew an orange cardinal perched on a tree branch. And Addie Andrew, a kindergartener from Palisades World Language School, took home the top prize with her painting of various woodland animals scattered around a multi-colored Lake Oswego sign.
In the third-through-fifth grade division, Palisades World Language School third-grader Scarlett Naef, who placed third, and Lake Grove elementary fourth-grader Eric Bi, who placed second, both drew different animals like racoons and birds hanging out under large trees. Anemone Gordon, a fifth-grader from Hallinan Elementary, took home first place with her drawing of a deer resting under a tree.
Mayor Joe Buck made a special appearance at the award ceremony, and handed out the awards and prizes to each of the winners. Each student received a gift bag full of nature-themed memorabilia and a tree seedling to plant in their back yards.
All of the electronic art will be displayed at City Hall and in the public library through May.
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