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East Grand students win national mural contest

Leia Larsen

GRANBY — East Grand Middle School students are receiving national attention for both their artistic skill and environmental awareness.

On Dec. 4, the Wyland Foundation awarded the student's "Save the Fraser River" mural the grand prize for their national "Water is Life" classroom mural contest for grades 5-8. The contest is inspired by the growing demands on U.S. Water resources, and drew over 9,000 student participants in 45 states. Art teacher Katrina Larson guided the 12 art students in designing and painting the mural as part of an after-school art club.

"I called them in between classes and told them," Larson said. "They were pretty excited."

As part of the "Water Is Life" contest, students were asked to depict the economic, cultural and aesthetic values of the nation's waters. After Larson came up with the "Save the Fraser River" theme, East Grand art club students worked with their biology teacher and local environmental advocates to decide how to depict the river's habitat both above and below water. Wyland Foundation judges were apparently impressed with the students' skill.

"Excellent brush technique for the grass. Excellent blending of colors to show the current in the river. Beautiful trout rendition; mammals and birds are great," the judges' comments said.

In addition to kudos, the winning students will receive $250 for art supplies. The winning mural will be on display at the East Grand Middle School hallway.

Leia Larsen can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603.