“I always drew when I was younger. It kind of grew on me,” said the 17-year-old from Mexico, who has lived in Picture Butte for the past four years with his three brothers and two sisters.
Designing a logo to be seen by many is a big step for Bergen and sketching out the logo for Hand-In-Hand was the first time he has ventured out into the designing game.
“It actually turned out pretty good,” said Bergen, in regards to his thoughts on the finished product, which inspires him to keep working on his artistic pursuits of happiness.
“I actually want to become an artist when I’m older, maybe,” he added.
Bergen said he usually spends his time drawing blueprints of houses, which he really likes to do.
“This was just practice,” noted Bergen.
It was Bergen’s art teacher who asked the young artist if he would be interested in designing a logo but Bergen said he thought he wasn’t good enough. His teacher had faith in him and suggested Bergen to give it a shot. “So I did,” said Bergen.
Manna Middleton, one of the Hand-In-Hand Picture Butte Thrives organizers, said initially the logo contest didn’t get a very big response, so Bergen was recommended because of his art work.
“Henry was just really happy to take it on and give it a try and he and I went back and forth with some sketches for a while,” said Middleton.
According to Middleton, Henry mentioned to her he thought Hand-In-Hand was a fantastic initiative.
“I just thought, from a teenager’s point of view, that was really great feedback,” added Middleton. The logo will be a main staple on brochures, other literature promoting the initiative and car stickers, which Middleton hopes she will see on every car in Picture Butte around town.
“Once someone has applied for the Hand-In-Hand initiative and has been granted approval they’ll get a certificate with the logo on it, as well as stickers for their car just to promote the initiative,” she said.
Right now, the group is just starting to approach the community with a committee, which has divided up all the members of the Picture Butte and District Chamber of Commerce, businesses and social groups.
“We’re starting to distribute that application and have one-on-one conversations, just answering people’s questions arising (such as) what is this hand-in-hand initiative? We’re able to sit down, have a coffee with people or meet at their staff meetings or what have you and just answer their questions and get them involved,” said Middleton, adding that’s just the group’s starting point.
Anyone who is not a member of the chamber of commerce, Middleton said, can contact the group by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“They can e-mail me for a consult and I can come out and talk to them,” noted Middleton.