Great River Rescue Art Contest

Great River Rescue Art Contest

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Great River Rescue Art Contest

Theme: Save the Day – Neuter and Spay

Great River Rescue is holding an art contest! We invite all children in Bemidji and surrounding communities to create a poster which shares their vision of a world with happy and healthy pets.


  • All children living in the Greater Bemidji Area, 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, digital).
  • 1 entry per person
  • No entry fee required, but children are encouraged to submit up to a maximum $5 donation with their submission to help cover contest costs.
  • Adults may help with spelling but should not help with artwork.
  • Art will be judged on appearance and demonstration of the them e

Theme: Save the Day – Neuter and spay! – Great River Rescue is now offering spay/neuter services to community through PetFixers. We want kids from our communities to use their imagination and creativity to share their vision of happy and healthy pets that have been spayed/neutered through art. Ideas should consider the benefits of spaying/neuter your pets such as reducing homeless animal populations, and healthier pets that live longer. Artwork should illustrate the theme save the day – Neuter and spay!

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 at Headwaters Music & Arts. Winners will also be invited, with their families, to a reception at Headwaters. 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 below and attach it to the back of the art. Submit your artwork, with entry donation, in person or by mail to Great River Rescue, 1612 Carr Lake Rd SE, Bemidji MN 56601. Entries will not be returned.

Deadline:Deadline to submit is May 15th. Please turn in all submissions to Great River Rescue by that date. 

Download the flyer with submission form | Art Contest Flyer 2020

Many Thanks to our volunteer Judges!

Sarah Stewart

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.

Diamond Knipsel


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 she can.


Trish Barthorpe

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.

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