Every year for the last 14 years, Wheeling Auto Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois has been honored to host a contest for the local young artists in our community. Each year, Wheeling Auto Center owners and staff challenge young artists and illustrators to create original pieces based on an automotive-related theme. Our talented youngsters submit their masterpieces in the hopes of having their art displayed for one whole year in the lobby of Wheeling Auto Center. Each winner also receives over $100 in prizes and gets recognition from the community! The goal of this contest is to unite our community, inspire our young people, and support our local schools because the team at Wheeling Auto Center believes in our Arlington Heights teachers and administrators! See more about this fun contest and the talented young people that participated!
This year’s theme was…
Lettuce see what a car made of vegetables would look like!
The goal for our young artists was to create a stylized version of a car or truck that was made of various types of vegetables. Our budding Picassos and Michelangelos had to get creative with their chosen artistic medium to create a vehicle of vegetables that would beat out hundreds of other contestants. From carrots to cucumbers, these talented local artists did a terrific job at showing us the vegetable vehicle of the future.
This year, ten winners were chosen out of a whopping 301 entries in this year’s local artist contest at Wheeling Auto Center’s facility on May 23, 2018. A crowd of anxious and excited spectators gathered before the announcement of the winners. Although all of the hundreds of contestants submitted fantastic works of art that really gave us a glimpse of what a vehicle-vegetable hybrid might look like, Wheeling Auto Center staff and their helpers at Pepper Group narrowed down the competitors to just ten winners.
These winners included these amazing young artists:
1st Grade – Bianca Vidal, Eugene Field Elementary
2nd Grade – Izabelle Rose, Mark Twain Elementary
3rd Grade – Vitaliy, Betsy Ross Elementary
4th Grade – Sofia Sapozhnikova, Edgar Allan Poe Elementary
5th Grade – Wiletoria Solakiewicz, Booth Tarkington Elementary
6th Grade – Carolyne Torrejon, Holmes Middle School
7th Grade – Julia Zanik, Holmes Middle School
8th Grade – Maggie Ramirez, Holmes Middle School
Honorable Mention – Kevin Nelson, Kindergarten, Eisenhower Elementary
And last, but certainly not least, 5th Grader Anna Ostrovskaya of Edgar Allan Poe Elementary School managed to snag best in show!
The team here at Wheeling Auto Center had a fantastic time running our 14th consecutive young artists illustration contest in the Arlington Heights area. The competition was fierce, and our young people certainly did not make the decision easy! The creativity of the youth in this community is astounding. This and more is why we so enjoy serving you all and giving back wherever we can by supporting local schools with our annual art contest, the Bumper to Bumper Charity Car Repair Campaign, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and more. Find out more about how Wheeling Auto Center is involved in the community and how you can get involved with us.