Save the dolphins freeform Art competition at the LibraryPOSTED: 04/28/11 11:28 AM
St. Maarten – With 44 entries from 9 different schools the youth of St. Maarten between the ages of 7 and 16 submitted a treasure trove of Dolphin artwork. Multi media Freeform entries ranged from a rap song, to poetry, drawings, paintings, a collage and 3D installations. The assignment was for artwork to bring awareness about the dolphins’ need for freedom in their natural habitat in a safe and clean environment. Commercial captivity, irresponsible fishing methods, conservation and protection in the wild, degradation and environmental and habitat pollution were all possible subjects to be addressed and submitted. The pictures show a random selection and not necessarily the winners.
The artwork was judged by seven radio personality Elektra, Morenika Arrindell, executive assistant to the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports & Youth Affairs; Sue Wathey, President of the St. Maarten Animal Welfare Foundation, Monique Hofman, President of Animals R Friends St. Maarten, painter Ras Mosera, cartoonist, photographer and graphic designer Loic Bryan, and Rosa Koelers, a retired teacher and a board member of the Island Gems Charity Foundation.
There are some really great prizes to hand but according to organizers, “these children did not enter for the prizes, but for their love of dolphins and their desire to keep them free and protected in the wild.” The organizers, Nature Foundation St. Maarten, Dolphin Defenders St. Maarten and the Philipsburg Jubilee Library thanked the entrants for their wonderful artwork and the sponsors for their support: Nature Foundation, The Scuba Shop, Mark Yokoyamo, The Butterfly Farm, Random Wind, Bob Hilbert, Aquamania, Computer Company MVG, Office World, Island Water World, Shipwreck Shops, Tri Sport, Animal Hospital of St Maarten, Dive Safaris, Chesterfields Restaurant, Snorkel Safaris, Sea Trek, The Art Box, Windward Islands Bank, and Simpson Bay Pharmacy .
The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place at the library next week Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m.