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Water-themed art contest well received by local youth

First-place winning entry, The Joy of Water, by Kevin Feng.  - Contributed photo
First-place winning entry, The Joy of Water, by Kevin Feng.
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More than 100 votes were cast for an art contest organized by two Semiahmoo Secondary students asking the community what water means to them.

Jill Xu and Ginny Liu created Caring About Communities Together to Eliminate Struggles (CACTES) this past summer after a discussion on the struggles of those in developing countries spurred them into action. Through CACTES, the two are working to create awareness about issues, such as poverty, in developing countries and fundraise to bring relief.

To kick off the new organization, the duo held an art contest for youth between the ages of 10-18, posing the question “what does water mean to you?”

“We were both touched and impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm expressed by all our contestants,” she said. “More than 100 people voted, and the highest number of votes for an art piece was 76.”

After votes were tallied, Kevin Feng and Georgi Sugimoto were named as first-place winners, each receiving $50.

Feng’s painting, titled The Joy of Water, was done in mixed mediums, using acrylics and resin on a flat canvas.

“I take the clean water that I can shower with for granted. After a long and stressful day, a shower means relief and relaxation to me,” he said, explaining that he tried to capture that moment in his piece.

Second-place winners Jeremy Khoo and Alen Sugimoto Dimitrov each received $30 and third-place winners Cici Li and Monica Luo received a gift set.

Xu and Li said they were both impressed with the work that was submitted.

“It was great to see everyone’s imagination and opinions reflected on their artworks and we greatly appreciate the amount of effort and time everyone put in. I loved how a single theme was able to produce so many different interpretations,” Liu said.

The two are now working on CACTES’ expansion, hiring new staff to aid in the planning of future events, including fundraisers and possibly a bigger event, such as a benefit concert or carnival.

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