Annual Plant Walk at Scioto Grove Metro Park
On a sunny, but chilly day, an enthusiastic crowd stood on an observation deck overlooking a large patch of trout lilies. A ravine slope along the edge of the Scioto River with mature, leafless trees set the stage for emerging spring ephemerals whose beauty was highlighted by Friends of the Ravines’ annual plant walk. On our walk, we saw specimens of cut-leaved toothwort, Dutchman’s breeches, spring beauty, bloodroot, Virginia waterleaf, and harbinger-of-spring. And here and there the landscape was dotted with the familiar blue blossoms of Virginia bluebells and common blue violet. Leading walk were Metro Park Naturalists, Carrie Morrow and Gregg Wittman who told the history of the 620-acre park located just eight miles south of downtown Columbus.
After the one-and-a-half-hour walk, participants socialized and enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies at the park’s Arrowhead Picnic Area. Metro Parks has developed this park for people of all ages and abilities to experience nature and enjoy quality time for family and friends. Be sure to check Friends of the Ravines’ Facebook page and website for information about FOR’s 2019 Annual Plant Walk. Location TBA.
Since 2011, The Ravine Art Contest for K-12 students of Franklin County has celebrated the artwork of central Ohio youth, and each year there are surprising entries that show how much kids know about our local ravines. The entries to the 2018 contest are a testament to the imagination and hard work of the student artists. Join FOR in congratulating each member of the 2018 winner’s circle as well as their families, teachers and schools for a job well done.
2018 Student Winners
Visual Art Grades K-2
Jacob Howell, Grade 2, of Como Elementary (not shown) for his colorful owl painting that evokes the essence of an urban owl.
Visual Art Grades 3-5
Joseph Johnson, Grade 4, of Starling K8 for his oak leaf painting on cloth that stands as a tribute to the giant trees that grace ravine landscapes across central Ohio.
Visual Art Grades 6-8
Hattie Edinger, Grade 6, of Columbus Gifted Academy, for her 3D collage entitled “Purple Patch” that is a delightful explosion of color with violet blossoms emanating from the surface of the artwork. Hattie commented, “I chose wood violets because they soothe and inspire me”.
Visual Art Grades 9-12
Trevon Pittman (not shown), a senior at Marion Franklin HS for his skillfully executed landscape painting entitled “Walhalla” that captures the beauty of a wooded ravine on a hot summer day.
Friends of the Ravines also recognized the achievement of Thomas Gott, an eighth grade student from Columbus Gifted Academy. His entry, “A Possible Future” was comprised of artifacts gathered in a ravine near his home and made a statement about litter problems in our local ravines.
Sterling Jackson and his mother receiving his participation award. We are proud of all our young artists and enjoyed and appreciated all the very creative and artistic entries.
Thanks also to the teachers associated with the winning entries including: Kassie Hurley-Hook of Como Elementary, Amy Simmons of Starling K8 School, Michelle Alder of the Columbus Gifted Academy and Maria Francesca Fleming of Marion Franklin High School.
Thanks to everyone that entered and made the 2018 contest a very memorable event!
Official Rules and Information
Sponsored by Friends of the Ravines
Friends of the Ravines is proud to announce our 7th Ravine Art Contest: Artwork Inspired by Franklin County Ravines,” a contest for students in Franklin County Ohio. Entries of poetry and 2D art will be accepted for four grade categories including elementary (K-2) and (grades 3-5), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12). All entrants, friends, families and teachers are invited to attend an Award Ceremony at the Northwood ARTSpace, 2231 N. High Street, on March 9, 2018. Prizes will be awarded to first-place winners in each grade category. Winning works and selected entries will be publicly exhibited at the Northwood ARTSpace during late February and March 2018.
Ravine Art Contest Deadline is January 19, 2018
- The Ravine Art Contest is open to all Franklin County students in grades K-12. Public and private school students, latchkey participants and home schoolers are encouraged to enter.
- A completed entry form must accompany all submissions. Entry forms can be downloaded here.
- Entries must be original, flat works of art or poetry. No electronic reproductions, tracings, or copies will be accepted. Entries must be submitted flat or rolled, not folded.
- One contest entry per student.
- Subject matter of each entry must be an original artwork related to Franklin County Ravines. What is a ravine habitat? What kinds of animals live there? What trees and shrubs grow there? Is there a stream and aquatic life? Are there insects or birds? How do ravines make you feel?
- Maximum size of 2D artwork should be 18” X 24”, not including matting. Entries in all grade categories must be matted or mounted (floated) and ready to display. DO NOT FRAME ARTWORK.
- Poetry Guidelines: Any form of poetry will be accepted up to 500 words. Student poets may use photographs posted on Friends of the Ravines website for inspiration or find their own form of inspiration.
- Poetry entries and entry forms may be submitted electronically in jpeg, doc, or pdf format. Send to FriendsOfTheRavines@gmail.com. Put Ravine Art Contest in the subject line.
- Entries may be submitted by U.S. Mail to Friends of the Ravines, P.O. Box 82021, Columbus, Ohio 43202.
- Entries can be delivered in person to the Indianola Informal K-8 School at 251 East Weber Road, Columbus, OH 43202. Please call the school at (614) 365-5579 for drop-off hours. To make alternate arrangements to submit entries, contact the Contest Coordinator at (614) 447-1650 before the deadline.
- All non-electronic entries must include an entry form securely affixed to the back. Teachers/Sponsors of contest winners will be notified by e-mail and/or phone at the contact information provided on the entry form by February 28. Incomplete entry forms may be disqualified.
- Entries must be submitted or postmarked by January 19, 2018.
- By entering, the artist gives Friends of the Ravines and contest sponsors permission to use their artwork or poetry in a public art exhibit, on their website, social media or communications and in the Friends of the Ravines’ newsletter, Ravinia. All artwork remains the property of the artist.
- Friends of the Ravines will take great care of all entries; however FOR is not responsible for events that may cause damage to the entries.
Entries will be judged by artists and/or former teachers from the central Ohio area. The judges will evaluate technical ability and creativity as it relates to the “Artwork Inspired by Franklin County Ravines” theme. Depictions of ravines must have appropriate ravine inspiration, and be tastefully rendered. Friends of the Ravines reserves the right within their complete discretion to disqualify any entries that may be deemed unsuitable for public display.
Optional: Contestants may choose to attach a brief statement (50 words max.) about their medium, subject, interpretation, favorite ravine, or any other information they feel is relevant to judging.
- Teachers/Sponsors will be notified via phone or email by February 28, 2018.
- Prizes will be awarded in the form of gifts or certificates from a local art supply, book store, or local merchant depending on the nature of the entry. Prizes will be awarded to winners in the following groups: grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
- School sponsors of the winners will receive a school specialty gift certificate or check for sponsors to use in purchasing classroom supplies. The amount and number of school prizes will depend on the entries and level of funding available. At least three school prizes will be awarded to public, private or parochial schools or arts-education organizations. School prizes will not be awarded to individuals.
Public Art Exhibition
- All winning entries will be on display at the Northwood ARTSpace, 2231 N. High Street, Room 100 from February 23 through March 23, 2018.
- A reception for all entrants, friends, families and teachers will be held on Friday March 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM.
- Winners are not required to be present to win.
Return of Artwork
Artwork may be picked up at the Indianola Informal K-8 School after March 26, 2018. Teachers or parents may submit a stamped and self-addressed envelope for the return of entries. Friends of the Ravines is not responsible for artwork not picked by April 16, 2018. Please call the Indianola Informal K-8 School at 251 E. Weber Rd. for drop-off hours at (614) 365-5579.
The winners of the Fifth Ravine Art Contest (2016)
This contest was made possible by the generosity of an OAAE grant, individual and corporate donors and a host of volunteers:
- Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, Neighborhood Arts Grant
- Linda Burden
- Karen Irving
- Lisa Daris
- Sue Neumann-Martiensen
- Elizabeth Mills
- Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
- Acorn Bookshop, Inc.
- Recreation Equipment, Inc., (REI)
- Dick Blick Art Materials