Evita Alla’make wins local and district Peace Poster Contest

POSTED: 11/30/14 11:27 PM

St. Maarten – Milton Pieters College student Evita Alla’make won the Lions Club’s local and district Peace Poster Contest, an annual Lions Club event done worldwide, which was launched in October of this year, inviting young people all over the world to paint, sketch or draw their personal portrayal of world peace. This year’s theme was “Peace, Love and Understanding. “God’s hand is holding the world, and I know that he wants peace for the world. The two people are complete opposites, but still love each other: that represents understanding and love. The flags represent unity, that the whole world should have peace.  And I love music and I believe that through music we can have love, peace and understanding,” said Alla’make, explaining her inspiration for her drawing.

Under the guidance and mentorship of local painter Max Phelipa, 9 students from both elementary and secondary schools worked on their art pieces every Saturday morning and Thursday afternoon at the Lions’ Den on Sucker Garden Road. In the end, 5 students submitted their artwork for the contest. Phelipa said that he simply guided the students, ensuring that they adhered to the rules of the contest. He went on to say that he in no way imposed his style onto their creative pieces. Phelipa was amazed by the talent displayed by the young artists. He also felt very special to be working with these talented youths and encouraged them to make use of their talent and to continue painting.

Out of the 5 pieces of work, Alla’make’s was selected as the winning poster last week. Her poster was then sent to Guyana, where the Lions District Mid-Year Conference was being held and where the judging of all the entries of district 60 took place on Friday, November 21. Once again, Alla’make’s poster was selected as the winning poster at the district conference. Her poster will be sent to the Lions Club International, where it will be judged for a third time alongside the works of other participants from around the world. The international winner of the contest will be presented with the Lions International Peace Poster Prize at the Lions International Convention in June 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In addition to selecting the local winner, The St. Maarten Lions Club selected the most creative drawing, which went to Amy Marshall of the St. Dominic School. The best color composition prize went to Darwin Ventura of the Charles Leopold Bell School. Oranje School student Lourde Laurore was awarded the most original artwork prize. In the category free expression, the winning prize went to Curtis Mathurin of the Oranje School. All 5 participants received special gifts from the St. Maarten Lions Club to encourage them to continue using their special talents.

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