Calendar artists chosen from more than 930 entries

KIPU n “Sally” whined from behind closed doors Thursday.

“She was rescued from a rooftop by Dr. Becky when she went to help (after Hurricane Katrina),” Carol Everett said, about the dog Becky Rhodes saved when she traveled to Louisiana shortly after the hurricane hit. “When she (Sally) came to the shelter here, she had no fur, she was covered with sores, and look at her, now. She’s such a cutie,” Everett said.

Sally did not appear to hear, nor mind as she appeared more excited about getting to know each of the calendar-contest artist winners better.

She was missing out on the excitement taking place in the classroom of the Kaua‘i Humane Society where Everett announced the winners of the annual art contest.

“There were over 930 entries this year,” said Everett, the Kaua‘i Humane Society’s Humane Educator. “I’m so proud of each of the winners. They worked so hard in conveying their messages.”

This year’s theme of “Best Friends” will be featured in the new 14-month calendar that will be released during the first week of October, said Rhodes, the Kaua‘i Humane Society’s executive director.

Winning artwork from the students will be featured each month, and an overall group photo of the winners with their artwork will be part of the calendar’s cover page.

“It’s one of the best calendars I’ve seen, and they make great gifts,” Rhodes said. “They’ll be available at the Kaua‘i Humane Society office as well as at the thrift store located in the Lihu‘e Shopping Center Annex.”

“They’re also a bargain,” she said. “They’ll be priced at $7 each, and I’m sure that when the calendars are released, there’ll be some kind of value pricing like ‘3-for-something.’”

“It’s so nice to see that even youngsters can make a difference to help the animals on Kaua‘i with their messages,” Rhodes said.

Winners of this year’s contest spanned the island with representatives from Hanalei to Kekaha as each of the winning artists was given an opportunity to introduce themselves to the audience of admiring parents and relatives.

For their effort, Everett said, that in addition to being featured on the Kaua‘i Humane Society calendar, each of the winning artists was given a choice of a Kaua‘i Humane Society T-shirt.

In answer to a parent’s question about what would happen to the remaining 930 pieces of art, Everett said all of the artwork will be displayed at the Kaua‘i Humane Society’s fund-raising dinner today, and following that, will be disposed of unless parents come to claim them.

The winning pieces, in addition to being part of the calendar, will be displayed in the Humane Education classroom until the Fall of 2007 when they will be returned to the individual artists.

Following the presentation, Everett noted that Sally, who joined the group for their cover photograph, is the Kaua‘i Humane Society’s token “Katrina dog.”

Winners of this year’s art contest include Makayla Valencia (Kalaheo Elementary), Syone Apo (Kekaha Elementary), Penny Core (Hanalei School), Ian Pagatpatan (Kapa‘a Elementary), Matthew Nishimoto (Kalaheo Elementary), Kameron Althouse (King Kaumuali‘i Elementary), Kaila Leviner (Kula Elementary), Kaylee Balbarino (Wilcox Elementary), Genevieve Bieber (Kapa‘a Elementary), Ashia Mindoro (Wilcox Elementary), Jennifer Mackie-Lyon (Hanalei School), Serene Hope (Kapa‘a Elementary), Melaea Taufatofua (Kapa‘a Middle School), and Lauren Saiki (Kapa‘a High School).

• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) and dfujimoto@kauaipubco.com

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