Zoller student among winners in Kids Arts Festival Poster Contest

Poster contest winners are, clockwise from right, Isabella Cook, Haylee Below and Alina Gasanova. (photos provided)

Poster contest winners are, clockwise from right, Isabella Cook, Haylee Below and Alina Gasanova. (photos provided)

SCHENECTADY — Celebrate Summer: It’s actually less a command than a question, but it seemed a fitting prompt for the 28 th annual Kids Arts Festival Poster Contest held in early June in downtown Schenectady.

It worked, with 189 “Celebrate Summer” entrants submitting images in three categories divided by age group (8 and younger, 9–12, 13–19). Each of the talented winners announced recently will receive $100 and the knowledge they represented their group with an artistic endeavor sure to be the next step in a life filled with, and rewarded by, creative expression.

Since 1994, the Kid’s Arts Festival, a key element in the ElectriCity Arts District, has been putting the focus where it belongs, on the youth in our community; and by letting it flower unbridled.

And flowers were the primary topic of two of the three winning posters.

Nine-year-old Isabella Cook, a recent Georgia transplant and a third-grader at Zoller Elementary school in Schenectady, loves to “go for walks” and enjoys looking at gardens and flowers. She says she wanted to “do more” with her poster and her bright image with smiling, personified clouds looking down on similarly smiling flowers accomplished just that.

In the teen group, 14-year-old Alina Gasanova, a recent graduate of Albany’s Hackett Middle School, dazzled judges with an M.C. Escher-like pencil drawing of “my hand drawing a hand along with some flowers.”

Gasanova has been coming to Kids ArtsFest since age 7, and, true to the spirit of the event, will put at least some of her prize money towards art supplies, she said.

In the youngest group, 7-year-old Haylee Below, who attends Westmere Elementary School in Guilderland, opted for a late in the evening summer sunset, with branches of a backyard tree hovering over the final, waning rays.

“I just love being with family on a beach at the end of the day during the summer,” Below said.

There were 145 entries in the poster contest, sponsored by Nancy Bell in memory of Eli Taub and conducted by the Schenectady County Public Library and the Kids Arts Festival planning committee.

For more information, contact Kids Arts Festival Chair Betsy Sandberg at [email protected]

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