Winners announced in Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve art contest

For the Metro Wire

Winners of the fifth annual Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve Writing, Art, and Photo contest have been announced.

The works will be publicly displayed in downtown Stevens Point this month.

Winners in each category will be honored at an opening reception from 4:30-5:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at the Portage County Public Library, 1001 Main St. in Stevens Point. The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be offered.

All contest entries will be on display through December in one of the library’s street-facing display windows.

“Schmeeckle Reserve is a treasure in our community, and local citizens have expressed their love and appreciation of this resource in creative ways,” said Jerry Lineberger, Friends of Schmeeckle board president.

The Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve organization hosts the contest to raise awareness of the reserve and the friend’s group, which supports the natural area. Winning entries were submitted by:

· Photography, Intermediate/Advanced level: First place – Heidi Osborne, Stevens Point. Second Place – Taryn King, Stevens Point. Third place (tie) – Cindee Bowen, Plover, and Nicole Kivela, Stevens Point.

· Photography, Beginner level: First place – Angelica Alger, Plover. Second place – Josie Dietrich. Third place – Aleisha J. Muras.

· Writing: First place – Taryn King, Stevens Point. Second place – Cindy Van Vreede, Milwaukee.

· Artwork: First place – Elisabeth Melk, Stevens Point. Second place – Dhyani Houlihan, Stevens Point.

All winners will receive a certificate of recognition. First-place winners also will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Browse Shop, a gift shop in the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center that features natural and cultural gifts.

Contest submissions and winning entries are also posted on the Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve website. Visit www.uwsp.edu/schmeeckle and then click on “Friends of Schmeeckle Reserve” and “Arts Contest.”

Schmeeckle Reserve is part of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and offers nearly five miles of trails, open sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Center, 2419 North Point Drive, is open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features hands-on exhibits, Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame and The Browse Shop.