Reading Eagle: Winners announced for Nolde student art contest [Spotlight]

May 8—Art Plus Gallery has announced the winners of the 2022 "Nature of Nolde Forest" student art contest. The awards were presented Saturday at Nolde Environmental Education Center's McConnell Hall, by Helen Reinhold Gordon, a member of the West Reading-based non-profit artist cooperative that produces the annual contest. The awards were funded primarily by The Friends of Nolde Forest.

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

Here are the winners:

Grades 1-2

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

Secnd: Claire Byrne, Twin Valley Elementary Center, "Black-Capped Chickadee"

Third: Aurelia Myotte, LaSalle Academy, "Beautiful Butterfly"

Staff Choice Award: Molly Leiss, Twin Valley Elementary Center, "American Goldfinch"

Grades 3-4

First: Kendall Smith, Twin Valley Elementary, "Rainbow Trout"

Second: Matthew Doxie, LaSalle Academy, "Owl Hunting at Nolde"

Third: Jace Dorta, Shillington, "The Golden Eyed Owl"

Grades 5-6

First: Juliana Reinard, LaSalle Academy, "Nature by Nolde Castle"

Second: Catherine Basehoar, La Salle Academy, "Sunset Fox"

Third: Karina Andrade, St. Peter, "Birch Trees"

Grades 7-8

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 Choice Award: Madelyn Ciemiewicz, Conrad Weiser Middle School, "Nature Breathes"

Staff Choice Award: Alexei Armusik, Hamburg, PA Cyber Charter School, "The Nolde Mansion"

Grades 9-10

First: Alizarin Capeland, Exeter Senior High, "A Snail's Pace at Nolde"

Second: Tyler Casiano, Exeter Senior High, "A Nolde Music Maker"

Grades 11-12

First: Morgan Herb, Exeter Senior High, "Feeling Green"

Second: Nadija Armusik, Hamburg High School & Armusik Academy of Classical Art, "My Sister at 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 next Know Your Symphony Lecture on Wednesday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at The Highlands, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing. The lecturer will be Dr. Graham Bier, music director of Reading Choral Society. The fee is $5. Registration is appreciated but not required by calling 610-396-6220. The fee may be paid at door. The lecture is in advance of the next RSO concert, scheduled for May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Santander Performing Arts Center.