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Media Release

For immediate release April 25, 2013

Seven Youth Declared Top Trashionistas
Halifax Public Libraries Announce Winners of Eco-art Contest

Halifax, N.S.—The Halifax Public Libraries have announced the winners of its eco-art contest called Trash to Treasures! Seven young people received notification of their award on Wednesday, April 24 after three months of preparation time and one tough competition.

“This year we had 45 amazing entries from youth across HRM,” said Karen Dahl, Regional Manager of Youth Services. “The judges had a difficult time choosing winners and were very impressed with the creative ideas for recycling, reusing, and reducing that were demonstrated by this year’s submissions.”

Three judges from notable environmental organizations (Clean Nova Scotia, Ecology Action Centre, and RRFB/HRM Waste Resources) along with local artist, Julie Adamson Miller, joined the contest originator Nayani Jensen to judge this year’s entries. The submissions were either functional items like a picture frame or artistic pieces like “Redbis the Robot” made with materials that would otherwise have been discarded. On this year’s list were some surprising discarded pieces, such as a carburetor cap and shipping pallet board, as well as common trash sources, such as plastic bags and water bottles.

Earning first prizes for their categories were Chelsey Henwood for Butterflies in the Sky (ages 10-13) and Kasuni Gimhani Hewapathirana for Wall Art (ages 14-18). Second and third prizes went to Oscar Jarsky, Kyle Henriksen, Mary Margaret Raymond, Kate Fredericks, and Gwen Ross.

To see pictures and read more about the process and judges’ comments, visit the creative warehouse page in the teen’s section of halifaxpubliclibraries.ca

For more information:

Kasia Morrison
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
Phone: (902) 490-5852
Cell: (902) 476-8605
Email Kasia Morrison