The fourth annual “Young at Art” competition and art show, sponsored by the Cherry Hills Land Preserve, was held at the Glenmoor Country Club on October 16. There were once again over 200 pieces of artwork submitted by Cherry Hills Village Elementary School fourth and fifth graders all on display. The theme for the art competition was “How the Outdoors Inspires Me.”
Cherry Hills Land Preserve Co-President Stephanie Bluher welcomed the crowd. As she later noted, “This is the perfect event for us to host: it encourages children to reflect on the environment and to express how they view the natural surroundings of our community. “ Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale also welcomed family and friends and spoke about the importance of open space in Cherry Hills and the Cherry Hills Land Preserve’s role in securing open space.
Young at Art is a family event, and plenty of parents, grandparents, and siblings were in attendance. Younger children talked about what they are going to draw when they are old enough to enter the competition.
This year’s program featured the children themselves who got to talk about how they chose their subject matter. In their artwork, students expressed their ideas through many different art media, including watercolors and pastels. One student brought the natural world to her canvas by gluing leave and twigs to her picture. One of the winning works of art used pieces of a recycled green aluminum can to represent leaves on a tree.
Winners from CHVES fourth grade were: third place Logan Rollins, second place Elizabeth Elliott, and first place Natalie Baur. From the fifth grade the winners were: honorable mention went to Miranda Karala and Abbey Goodrum, third place to Thomas Corbett, second place Addie Follett, and first place Connor Jankowski.
Renowned outdoors photographer John Fielder was the judge for the event. Lee Keeler of Framed Image will provide complimentary framing for the winning art.
The Cherry Hills Land Preserve is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of natural open lands in Cherry Hills Village.