Plastic Bottle Art Contest

Water Bottle Art Winners

Art Contest Winners: L to R: Adele Collette, Trevor Cruikshank, Kylee Tugmon, Nathan Brown, Gracie Sanford, Eleanor Yates (standing in for Adeline Yates), Alexa Littlefield, Briana Griffin, Doug Robertson PHOTO BY MAREA BREEDLOVE

In conjunction with Water/Ways, the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, the LGAA conducted an art contest that challenged participants to make works of art from plastic pop and water bottles, instead of throwing those bottles into the trash.


The winners of the Water Bottle Art Contest, sponsored by the LGAA, in conjunction with the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit were announced at the exhibit opening. The contest was judged by artist Linda Stone Callery.

A total of $850 in cash prizes were awarded, in addition to medals.

Winners in the adult category were 1st, Adele Collette, 2nd, Joan Bennett, and 3rd, Doug Robertson.

In the K-5th grade category, winners were 1st, Kylee Tugmon and 2nd, Adeline Yates. In the 6th-12th grade category, the winners were 1st, Briana Griffin, 2nd, Alexa Littlefield, and 3rd, Blaice Walkingstick.

The winners in the group category were 1st, Gracie Sanford and Nathan Brown; 2nd, Rachel Sontag and Stacie Henderson; and 3rd, Zach Reed, Kaitlynn Scott and Trevor Cruikshank.

All of the art entries are on display at the VFW Hall, until Dec. 7, when the exhibit ends.


Photos above by Alysha Little

All artwork will be on display during the Water/Ways exhibit at the VFW.


Water/Ways has been made possible in Locust Grove, Oklahoma, by Oklahoma Humanities.

Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Water/Ways was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (, and the Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul (, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, Sao Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.

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