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Recent grad wins Congressional art contest

‘Lekadia,’ by Mariam Appel, winner of Oregon’s 2005 Congressional Art Competition.

News staff writer

July 9, 2005

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-OR) announced last week that Mariam Appel of Hood River has been selected as the overall winner for Oregon’s Second Congressional District in the 2005 Congressional Art Competition, “An Artistic Discovery.”

Appel, a member of Hood River Valley High School’s 2005 graduating class, will have her painting hung in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“I want to congratulate Mariam on this accomplishment. The painting she submitted is a testament to her talent, and I look forward to walking by it on a regular basis when I am in Washington, D.C. Her work will be displayed among the best talent from high schools throughout the nation,” said Walden. “This competition is a tremendous opportunity for young people interested in art and I want to thank all those who participated. We had so many wonderful pieces submitted for this year’s competition; all of the students should be proud.”

Her acrylic on paper portrait is titled “Lekadia.” When asked about the piece, Mariam said, “Lekadia is a lifelong friend. We’ve known each other since childhood and experienced all of our school years together. I wanted to do a portrait of her to honor our friendship. I particularly wanted to portray her in a golden light as I feel that kind of energy coming from her being. She is a wonderful person and means a lot to me.”

“An Artistic Discovery” is a nationwide endeavor for students to showcase their artistic abilities and to highlight the importance of art education. In order to enter the competition, high school students had to submit two-dimensional artwork that was original in concept, design and execution from one of the following categories: paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, computer generated art and photography.

One finalist from each of the 20 counties in Walden’s district was selected and then a panel of local college art professors judged each piece to determine the overall winner and three runners-up, who will have their pieces displayed in Walden’s Medford, Bend and Washington, D.C. offices.

Rep. Walden represents the Second District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon. He is a Deputy Whip in the House leadership structure and a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committee on Resources.

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