Youth drawn to RE/MAX competition

Cayman’s budding young artists
showcased their talent again in the annual RE/MAX art competition. The winners
of the competition, co-sponsored by Cayman Free Press, were announced recently.

Participants competed in four age
groups, with each group challenged to represent a different theme. The
contestants stood to win wonderful prizes, including an Apple iPod from
Audiophile for each category winner, a $100 gift certificate from The Hobby
Shop for the first runner up and four cinema tickets from Hollywood Theatres in
Camana Bay for the second runner up.

In the five to seven year age
group, participants recreated Cayman’s magical underwater world through the
theme ‘Under the Sea’. The winner was Samruddhi Tagalpallewar, whose colourful
artwork included turtles, stingrays and clownfish. Tobias Mikkelsen finished as
the first runner up and Nilakni Jayasekera as second runner up.

In the eight to ten age group, the
artwork was festive in nature as the participants presented their take on the
theme ‘Batabano’. Beth Johnson walked away with the iPod in the age group, with
an artwork showing a colourful and fanciful Batabano costume. Shaneeka Taylor was
the first runner up while Kozhaya Kozaily finished as second runner up.

Participants in the 11 to 13 age
group had to be on the ball as they gave their representation of ‘World Cup
2010, South Africa’. Tiana Bush was the winner, with her artwork showing a
RE/MAX balloon decorated with the flags of participating nations floating over
South Africa. Stephanie Gunby was first runner up and Tarick Millwood was the
second runner up.

In the most senior age group, 14 to
17, the contestants had to deal with the serious issue of ‘AIDS awareness’. Karen
Salcena won the division with an artwork showing a pair of hands protecting the
red AIDS awareness ribbon. Claire Fletcher was the first runner up and Gabriela
Roberts was second runner up.

Winners were awarded their prizes
at a family friendly function at Carlos & Martin’s in Seven Mile Shops.

“The RE/MAX Art Competition has
been very successful over the last three years with increasing number of
entries every year.” said James Bovell, owner/broker RE/MAX Cayman Islands.

“Choosing the winner is getting
more and more difficult since all the kids entries are outstanding.”

Kim Lund, owner/broker, added: “We
would also like to thank our partners at Cayman Free Press, The Audiophile, The
Hobby Shop and Hollywood Theatres as well as all parents and teachers.”


Beth Johnson receives her prize from Kim Lund of RE/MAX.
Photo: Eugene Bonthuys