From Plant Press, Vol. 20, No. 3, July 2017.
On May 24, Alice Tangerini hosted a workshop for the winner of the “Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest.” Tangerini, along with eight other artists, photographers and wildlife naturalists, were the judges for the national contest, which included all ages in the grades kindergarten through high school and required sifting through the artwork of 60 semifinalists by an online review. A conference call with all nine judges decided the winners in the four grade categories and the top grand prize went to a local Washington, DC native, seven-year-old Sanah Hutchins. Her winning entry, the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, a species that had just retained status in the endangered species category shortly before the contest deadline. The prize for Sanah was a visit to Tangerini’s office and a private drawing lesson with Tangerini. Sanah, her parents, and grandparents in attendance, walked through the fifth floor hallway, encountering Greg McKee who gave a short and informed talk on botany and collecting.
For the lesson, Tangerini supplied photos of bees pollinating, a collection of pinned bees provided by Sean Brady of the Department of Entomology and a sample painting on drafting film of a bee on Echinacea. Sanah, a disciplined young artist, followed directions making her own painting from the photos and even doing some back painting on the film. The family took many photos and posted them on social media sites, and the contest and event even had a feature in a local D.C. newspaper, The Northwest Current. A ceremony and reception took place in the evening at the U.S. House of Representatives Rayburn House Office Building where Sanah received a plaque and many accolades for her artwork.