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Our Beautiful Forests: Youth and adult winners crowned in forest art contest

Posted: June 11, 2020

By Augusta Lipscombe

This spring, we issued a call to all creative minds – both youth and adult alike – to participate in an art contest to pass the time while physically distancing. Thank you to everyone who submitted their paintings, drawings, sculptures, and other inspiring pieces!

We’d also like to thank everyone who voted for their favourite pieces. Across Facebook and Instagram, art enthusiasts cast a total of 692 votes.

Congratulations to our youth winner, Mackenna Belding, and to our adult winner, Nick Leniuk. Both will receive Forests Ontario swag in the mail.

Island Sentry by Nick Leniuk (Adult Winner)

Nick Leniuk’s work is hand carved from a variety of carving stones – primarily serpentine, soapstone, wonderstone and alabaster. “This particular piece is called ‘Island Sentry,’” said Leniuk. “This tree lives on a small island on OSA Lake in Killarney Provincial Park. My wife and I were lucky enough to secure a site on the remote lake a couple of years ago. We spent three nights and four amazing days on this spectacular piece of Ontario. While camped on this island, I sketched this beautiful tree and turned it into this stone carving.” Leniuk lives in Peterborough.

The Forest Flows by Mackenna Belding (Youth Winner)

Mackenna Belding is currently a Grade 10 student in Pelham, near Welland. She enjoys painting, playing sports and exploring the forests of Ontario. “My painting ‘The forest flows’ is an interpretation of many of the sights I have seen while hiking in Algonquin Provincial Park. It captures the beautiful sunsets I love seeing and the calm atmosphere there is,” explains Belding.