Great River Rescue Art Contest
Great River Rescue Art Contest
Theme: They Need Us All
Great River Rescue is holding an art contest! We invite all children in Bemidji-area schools to create a poster with the important message that it is all our responsibility to care for animals.
- All children living within the Bemidji school district, grades K-12 are eligible, including children enrolled in public schools, private schools, charter schools, and home school.
- Art must be 2-dimensional, on an 8 ½” x 11” or 10” x 12” surface. Art medium is open (e.g., crayon, marker, paint, charcoal).
- 1 entry per person
- $5 entry fee. A limited number of scholarships are available to cover the entry fee. Call Great River Rescue for more information.
- Adults may help with spelling but should not help with artwork.
- Art will be judged on appearance and demonstration of the theme (They Need Us All)
Theme: They Need Us All – It means everyone is needed to help animals in our community. Ways to help include: taking care of our pets, respecting other people’s pets, respecting other animals in the community, and helping the animals in our community shelter – Great River Rescue. You can help Great River Rescue by adopting your pets from the shelter, volunteering time, and raising/donating money to help pay for shelter-animal care. Artwork should incorporate one or more of these ideas to illustrate the theme They need us all.
Prizes: A winner will be selected for each grade. Winners will receive a prize bag, get to choose the name of a Great River Rescue dog or cat, and have their art on display in an art exhibit in the Paul Bunyan Mall. Winners will also be invited, with their families, to a reception at the shelter during the first week of May. Honorable Mention Winners will receive certificates and will be invited, along with their families, to the reception.
Instructions: Create your art, following the rules above. Complete the entry form on the downloadable flyer below and attach it to the back of the art. Submit your artwork, with $5 entry fee, in person or by mail to Great River Rescue, 1612 Carr Lake Rd SE, Bemidji MN 56601. Entries will not be returned.
Deadline: Submit art by April 21st, 2018
Download the Flyer Here | Art Contest Flyer
Many Thanks to our volunteer Judges!
Susan Kedzie is an ecologist, artist and teacher. She spent much of her childhood in Wisconsin exploring nature and drawing from the natural world. After working twenty years as an ecologist, she has returned to art for a career and expressive outlet. She has focused on art since 2012 teaching art-nature camps, painting and drawing by commission, conducting workshops and private lessons, as well as, illustrating her first children’s book. Ms. Kedzie’s book entitled A Thousand Purring Cats, combines her passions for art, science, and kindness in one book. She currently lives with her partner and daughter in northern Minnesota with a menagerie of goats, ducks, chickens, and only four cats.
Sarah Stewart is a licensed K-12 art instructor. She has been teaching in Bemidji area schools for the past 4 years. Sarah has been a practicing artist her entire life and concentrates most of her work towards painting, drawing, and photography. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, gardening, and creating art.
An early convert to art, Diamond started practicing her eye for design early; a trait still exemplified in her
work. Diamond leans toward art that pairs unsuspecting images together, often featuring elements of the
natural world in a surreal way. Diamond describes her art as “an exploration of growth. Art, like life, is all
about the process, and not as much about the finished product.
Diamond is self-taught, though she has had a few mentors along the way. She took part in her first art
show at the age of 14 with pencil portraiture at the Jacques Art Center (Aitkin County, MN). This
inspired her to explore more opportunities. Diamond found an audience with her pen and pencil
illustrations and graphic design work during high school. Diamond began tutoring artists in 2012. In 2013
Diamond accepted an Artist in Residence position at at MacRostie Art Center (Grand Rapids, MN) where
she taught various groups. In late 2013 Diamond accepted a three month long Artist in Residence position
at Old Central School (Grand Rapids, MN). Diamond took her art on the road in the fall of 2014 when she
took an 8 month trip around the western half of the United States.
Diamond has spent much of her time working with adults with different abilities. While teaching at the
MacRostie Art Center Diamond worked with Itasca Life Options, which inspired to bring an art program
to DAC Bemidji. She received a grant to do so in 2016, and helped to facilitate a six month art program.
Diamond continues to paint today while also working as a freelance web designer. She holds a day job as
the Marketing Coordinator | Arts Program Coordinator at Headwaters Music & Arts (Bemidji, MN).
Diamond is currently building a home and studio in the Northwoods. She finds time to create whenever
Trish Barthorpe is a professionally trained photographer who lives and works in the Bemidji area. Her husband, daughter and dog make up her small family. After graduating from a professional photography school in Southern Minnesota, she started her career photographing children and small families in a fast-paced studio located in a local mall.
Trish longed to become her own boss and worked quickly toward that goal. Opening up a studio of her own in 1998, Trish made a name for herself creating art from life for area families. Creating treasured heirloom portraits for her clients makes her stand out from the crowd.
Trish has become an award winning photographer by never sitting back on her heels. She is always finding new and meaningful ways to leave something for future generations to look back on with pride—the driving force behind everything she does. By giving back to others through fundraisers, special events and charity auctions, Trish keeps herself firmly planted in the community. She is honored to have her portraits grace the homes of those she works