Announcing our “Sweet 16” Art Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who submitted their artwork–the high quality of the artwork that was submitted made the  judging very difficult.

1st place/grand prize: Ashley T. 10th grade

My art piece is a painting of the wishing trees in the Arlington Garden. They are my favorite part of the garden because I like to read the notes that others have left on the trees and see what they hope to achieve in the future, as well as their thoughts and aspirations. I really love how the garden was able to cultivate this tradition. 

Her print is featured on our tote bags. Your purchase helps the garden with more programming. 

Purchase one here

2nd place: Charlotte D., 10th grade

When I visited Arlington Garden for the first time, I felt like I was engulfed in nature and overwhelmed with its color and beauty. I tried to emulate that feeling into my  18 x 24 inch piece. I was inspired by the textures and movement I saw in the plants and used those motions to guide my hand as I painted across my canvas. I used my hands instead of a paint brush because I wanted copy the motion of planting seeds. I mixed all my colors on the canvas not a palette because I wanted my painting to be as raw and real as nature.

3rd place: Mira W., 10th grade

My art piece is a landscape of a distinct view within the garden that I felt captured its unconventional beauty. The garden inspires me because it provides an escape from our constructed urban environment by allowing me to feel the liberating peace of a natural world setting. Being in a place that feels less constructed encourages me to take a mental break once in a while, reassuring me that everything in my life doesn’t have to be perfectly planned out. I attempted to show the gardens inspiring free flowing spirit through my loose brush strokes in my impressionist style oil painting.


1st Place

Winner will have their artwork turned into a tote bag, along with a gift basket of art supplies from Blick Art Materials in Pasadena, and prizes from Patagonia Pasadena, including a backpack, water bottle, and T-shirt.


2nd Place

Gift bag of art supplies from Blick Art Material in Pasadena and Patagonia Pasadena pencil cases.

3rd Place

T-shirt and pencil cases from Patagonia Pasadena.

Thank you to Patagonia Pasadena and Blick Art Materials in Pasadena for your donations!



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