1st — Emily Pateman
2nd —Maddison Duchschere
3rd —Athena Farr
Emily Pateman of Stevensville has won the Ravalli County portion of the Paint the State anti-meth campaign. The AP story follows:
Faith Martin of Custer County was named the statewide grand prize winner in the Montana Meth Project’s Paint the State contest today at the State Capitol.
Kael Giebink, 14, a Billings Senior High freshman, took first place in Yellowstone County.
Martin, a high school freshman, and her co-contestant Beth Sutter spent more than 40 hours constructing a three-dimensional acrylic and plywood painting on the side of a barn.
The painting depicts a skeleton rodeo rider on a bucking bull nearly 13 feet tall next to the words “Don’t Let Meth Be Your Last Ride.”
Their winning entry is in Miles City and is visible from Main Street/Highway 194.
“Once I understood how serious the meth problem was I just knew I had to participate,” Martin said. “We chose the rodeo theme because Miles City has a historic western heritage and we wanted to show the idea that Meth can affect people from all walks of life.”
Giebink’s entry is a 12-foot by 16-foot canvas depicting a human hand reaching out to a skeleton hand.
The painting, which has been on display on the fence behind Giebink’s house at Rimrock Road and 22nd Street West, says “Take my hand I’ll say it for you. Not even once.”
Giebink was excited to learn he’d won the Yellowstone County competition.
“I thought there were one or two other entries that were better than ours, but I was very happy,” he said. “We thought we would do pretty well, but it was so surprising to win.”
Giebink, who said his 15-year-old brother Brody helped with the project, received a prize of $1,000.
He said he’ll put the money in the bank.
Giebink said he wanted his entry to show someone helping someone else and that it goes with the Meth Project’s current campaign theme of reaching out to others.
“We’ve been involved with the Meth Project for maybe a year or two now,” he said. “It was a fun opportunity. It’s a fun way to get involved.”
“It’s really cool that so many people did it.”
Teenagers across Montana entered the public art contest designed to communicate the risks of methamphetamine use.
Entries included murals, sculptures, mixed media installations and a live performance.
County commissioners selected first, second, and third place county winners.
The statewide grand prizewinner was selected from among the first-place county winners by Montana native and Pearl Jam bassis, Jeff Ament, Montana artist and gallery owner Monte Dolack and Darrell G. Beauchamp, executive director and chief curator of the C.M. Russell Museum.
Cash prizes totaling more than $158,000 were awarded. In addition to the $5,000 grand prize, Martin received a special Pearl Jam prize package donated by Ament.
Nearly half of the entries were created by organizations and community groups including Boy Scout troops, 4-H and Future Farmers of America chapters and local Boys and Girls clubs, with groups ranging in size from 50 to 100 participants. Everything from bulldozers and jagged pieces of mirror to demolished cars and papier-mache were used to create art that depicted lives shattered by meth.
The public art pieces covered more than 30,000 square feet across the state. The contestants’ artwork was show-cased in a gallery of photos installed outside the Capitol Rotunda.
Paint the State is sponsored by Gilhousen Family Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, Martel Construc-tion, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Cloud Peak Energy, Pacific Steel & Recycling, and Locati Architects.
Friday’s awards ceremony in the State Capitol in Helena was hosted by state leaders, Paint the State sponsors and the Montana Meth Project. Community leaders, elected officials, Montana Meth Project staff, volunteers and contest participants attended the event.