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May 2022

Helen Mears District Contest Winners (not all pictured) with their art teacher, Mr. House, and Committee Chairman, Diane Stoiber

Jalisa Washington with first place "Floral Life" painting

The GFWC-Brown Deer Junior Woman’s Club announces the winning artwork of the Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest for 7th and 8th graders for the 2021-2022 School year that was held at the Brown Deer Public Library on April 12, 2022.

The art contest was created in 1927 by GFWC-WI to honor renowned Oshkosh sculptor, Helen Farnsworth Mears (1871-1916). Her works are on display in the U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madison State Capitol, and other national and state collections.

The art contest has three levels of competition:

1. LOCAL - our GFWC Brown Deer Junior Woman’s Club

2. DISTRICT - GFWC Lakeshore District, which consists of Woman's Clubs from Greenfield to Port Washington.


New this year, the Brown Deer Junior Woman’s Club members also selected a “People’s Choice” in each Category.


  • 7th Grader Jalisa Washington ’s “Floral Life”, Acrylic Painting won 1st and People's Choice award at Local and 2nd at District.

  • 7th Grader Jillian Miller ’s “Octopus”, Clay artwork won 2nd at Local and 3rd at District.


  • 8th Grader, Sonya Didrickson’s “Untitled”, Pencil and Sharpie won 2nd place at Local

  • 8th Grader, Braeden Blockel’s “My Perspective”, Pencil and Sharpie won 3rd place at Local

  • 7th Grader, Geneva Williams’s “Dog” Clay artwork won 1st at Local

  • 7th Grader, Gabriela Toledo-Serna’s “Butterflies & Flowers”, Clay artwork won 3rd at Local

  • 7th Grader, Joana Zager’s “Axolotle Cup”, Clay artwork Honorable Mention at Local

  • 8th Grader, Maya Donnell’s “Give Extra, Get Extra”, Mixed Media artwork won Honorable Mention at Local

  • 7th Grader, Harper Berg’s “Turtle Bowl”, Clay artwork won People's Choice Award at Local

Thank You to …

  • Mr. Christopher House, the Brown Deer Middle School teacher

  • The Helen Mears Art Contest Committee: Diane Stoiber (Chairman LOCAL and DISTRICT), Laura Smith, Pat Fox and Diana Otterbacher

  • Our Helen Mears' judges: LOCAL - SeonJoo So and Barbara Balistreri DISTRICT - Julie Quirk and Ann Cook

  • All Brown Deer Middle School art students who participated in this year's contest

See the Helen Mears Art Contest page for a photo carousel of all contest participants. We are looking forward to more great entries in the 2023 event. Congratulations!