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Vander Linden cover art wins prize

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Sunny South News

Picture Butte resident Liana Vander Linden recently won first prize for the Alberta Agricultural Society bench fair booklet cover. 

Town of Picture Butte councillor and one of the organizers of the Picture Butte bench fair Teresa Feist is very grateful to Vander Linden for her design of the cover for the annual booklet.

“This is twice she has won this award now on behalf of the Picture Butte Ag Society,” said Feist.

Roelof Scholten, president of the Picture Butte Ag Society, is pleased Vander Linden comes forward each year to participate in creating the bench fair booklet.

“We are always so grateful when the public comes forth to lend a hand when needed,” said Scholten.

Vander Linden said she has designed the cover for the bench fair booklet over seven times and has even won a few ribbons, including two firsts and a third place win.

Her most recent first place win is for her interpretation of a sugar beet theme.

There were 1,500 entries in the marketing competition she recently won.

There were also 700 bench fair booklets printed and the bench fair exhibits are on display each year at St. Catherine’s School in Picture Butte, the third weekend of August during the Jamboree Days weekend.

“I enjoy doing it,” said Vander Linden, adding the agricultural society distributes the booklets throughout Picture Butte businesses.

For years, the self-taught artist has worked on various pieces of art as a hobby but Vander Linden has also sold some of her art over the years.

“I don’t have any of my art work in my own home but I’ve sold lots of stuff,” said Vander Linden, who likes to donate her work, rather than selling it.

“I just don’t feel right selling my stuff.”

When her kids were students at Huntsville School in Iron Springs, Vander Linden said she created a mural and worked on annual anthologies the school put out for quite a few years.

She recently moved to Picture Butte from Iron Springs.

According to Vander Linden, the cover of the bench fair booklet is an ink drawing.

“I usually do charcoal a lot but these smudge way too bad,” she said, adding she also provided the calligraphy printing on the cover of the booklet.

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