Youth's art featured in national calendar
For the second consecutive year, a Deskins Commons youth's art has been selected for the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials' (NAHRO) "What Home Means to Me" Calendar Contest.
Last year, then 13-year-old Kristal Gaona created a poster that accompanied the month of November in the 2017 version of the housing group's calendar.
This year, 11-year-old Deskins Commons resident Mischa Larkin won a regional contest with his poster, which was then selected for the national calendar in October.
"He's been drawing forever and he loves to create things and tinker," said Larkin's mother, Aziza Hendrix-Larkins. "He's got an artistic mind. He always tries to put his hand in all kinds of creative aspects."
The youth created the poster in September at workshop hosted by the Housing Authority of Yamhill County (HYAC), which operates Deskins Commons. For the past several years, HYAC has been encouraging youth to enter the contest, which is part of NAHRO's Housing America public awareness campaign, by hosting creative workshops at its community rooms across the county.
The workshop that Larkins attended was led by Deskins Commons manager Teresa Velasquez.
Mischa Larkins said he didn't have any particular inspiration for his poster, which features a "basic house," in his estimation, with blue walls and a red roof. The house is situated on rolling green hills with a bright sun and puffy white clouds, which spell out the name of the contest, in the background.
For winning the regional competition, Larkins received a $50 gift card, which was put toward the purchase of a bicycle and helmet. He will receive an additional $100 gift card for being selected for the calendar, which is available for purchase at www.housingamerica campaign.org/.
He plans to use the winnings to take his artwork digital.
"Since my computer broke, I was going to try to find a cheap computer or get a drawing tablet because I like drawing so much and could draw on the computer," Mischa Larkins said.
Although not a very competitive person, he added that he will consider entering future work into competitions, but mostly he enjoys art for its own sake.
"It's fun and it helps me improve more in my life," he said.