Announcing the Winners of the Nolde Student Art Competition [Spotlight] – Reading eagle


Art Plus Gallery has announced the winners of the 2022 ‘Nature of Nolde Forest’ student art competition. The prizes were presented at McConnell Hall at the Nolde Environmental Education Center on Saturday, by Helen Reinhold Gordon, a member of the artists’ co-operative with a view to West Reading-based non-profit that produces the annual competition. The prizes were financed mainly by the Friends of the Nolde Forest.

Now in its seventh year, the competition is open to all Berks County students in grades 1-12. All works will be featured through 2022 in an online gallery at

Here are the winners:

Levels 1-2

First: Colton Pratt, Mifflin Park Elementary School, “Spillway at Angelica Creek”

Second: Claire Byrne, Twin Valley Elementary Center, “Black-Capped Chickadee”

Third: Aurélia Myotte, LaSalle Academy, “Beautiful Butterfly”

Staff Award: Molly Leiss, Twin Valley Elementary Center, “American Goldfinch”

3rd-4th year

First: Kendall Smith, Twin Valley Elementary, “Rainbow Trout”

Second: Matthew Doxie, LaSalle Academy, “Owl Hunt in Nolde”

Third: Jace Dorta, Shillington, “The Golden-Eyed Owl”

5th-6th grades

Premiere: Juliana Reinard, LaSalle Academy, “Nature by Nolde Castle”

Second: Catherine Basehoar, La Salle Academy, “Sunset Fox”

Third: Karina Andrade, St. Peter, “Birch Trees”

Joshua Griffith, a home-schooled seventh year student from Exeter Township, won first place for grades 7-8 for ‘After the Rain’.

7th-8th grade

First: Joshua Griffith, Exeter Township, Home School, “After the Rain”

Second: Serena Burkey, LaSalle Academy, “Nolde Forest”

Third: Faith Hartman, Exeter Junior High, “Tranquil Wings”

Staff Award: Madelyn Ciemiewicz, Conrad Weiser Middle School, “Nature Breathes”

Staff Award: Alexei Armusik, Hamburg, Pennsylvania Cyber ​​Charter School, “The Nolde Mansion”

9th-10th grade

Premiere: Alizarin Capeland, Exeter Senior High, “A Snail’s Pace at Nolde”

Second: Tyler Casiano, Exeter High School, “A Nolde Music Maker”

11th-12th grade

First: Morgan Herb, Exeter Senior High, “Feeling Green”

Second: Nadija Armusik, Hamburg High School & Armusik Academy of Classical Art, “My sister in the Nolde forest”

Third: Kaelyn Vandenbree, Exeter Senior High, “Forest Prayers”


The Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, in cooperation with the Reading Symphony Orchestra League, will present the upcoming Know Your Symphony lecture on Wednesday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at The Highlands, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing. The speaker will be Dr. Graham Bier, Music Director of the Reading Choral Society. The fee is $5. Registration is appreciated but not required by calling 610-396-6220. Fees can be paid at the door. The conference is ahead of the next RSO concert, scheduled for May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center.


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