Avery Collins had a special reason for choosing Abraham Lincoln as the subject of her entry in a local art contest.

Avery, a student at Scotten School in Grass Valley, said she is an eighth-generation relative of the nation’s 16th president.

“We had to do a theme for February, and President’s Day is in February, and it’s my favorite holiday,” she added.

The smiling third-grader was among eight young artists honored recently by Old Barn Self Storage in Grass Valley, which sponsored the contest calling for images depicting February, March and April.

The three top designs will be recreated on a grand scale to be displayed on the storage facility’s hillside facing Highway 20/49, between the Idaho-Maryland Road and Dorsey Drive exits.

Note to motorists: Watch out for rainbows, pots of gold, high top hats and spring bunnies.

Old Barn onsite Manager Lloyd Young handed out checks totaling $1,575 to the artists and their teachers as part of the company’s Happy Art Contest.

First-place winners received $175, second-place winners received $100, and third-place winners received $50.

Teachers of first-place winners also received $200 to support art in their classrooms.

This is the third year the locally owned and operated company has hosted the art contest benefiting local schools.

The winners are:

For February: 1st place, Jude Slater of Clear Creek School (teacher, Helen Cope); 2nd place, Tegan Simmons of Alta Sierra (attending Two Rivers Elementary in Natomas — her mother is teacher Tracy Cunningham); 3rd place, Avery Collins of Scotten School (teacher, Melissa Brokaw).

For March: 1st place, Alyssa Armigo of Scotten School (teacher, Jeany Hamlin); 2nd place, Robert Peters of Scotten (Hamlin); 3rd place, Rex Levinson of Grass Valley Charter School (teacher, Lisa Jarvis).

For April: 1st place, Robert Peters of Scotten (Hamlin); 2nd place, Liahoma Biagi of Nevada City Charter School (teacher, Brynn Brooke); 3rd place, Demetrius Jimenez of Scotten (Hamlin).

These students’ works were selected by management from among more than 300 entries sent after the contest was announced in the fall, Young said.

“We’re going to be putting all 300-plus pictures onto our website. People can view them there after April 1,” Young added.

Teachers planned to use their winnings for art supplies and field trips, they said. Helen Cope, of Clear Creek School, will take her students to the Mud Hut in Grass Valley to get their hands into clay, she said.

“We want to thank the teachers and students for their participation in this fun project,” said Old Barn managing partner Stephen R. DeSena.

To see more than 300 drawings submitted to Old Barn’s 2015 Happy Art Contest, visit www.OldBarnSelfStorage.com after April 1; to contact Young, call 530-274-4455.

Contact freelance writer and Grass Valley resident Trina Kleist through email at tkleistwrites@gmail.com or by phone at 530-575-6132.

Published Date: 
Monday, March 23, 2015