Custer County girls win top spot in statewide anti-meth contest

 From Montana Meth Project

The Montana Meth Project announced the county and statewide winners of Paint the State - a statewide public art contest that leverages the creativity of Montana’s youth to communicate the risks of methamphetamine use.
Faith Martin and Beth Sutter of Custer County were named the statewide grand prize winners. The two incoming high school freshmen spent more than 40 hours constructing a 3-dimensional acrylic and plywood painting on the side of a barn visible from Main Street/Highway 194. The painting depicts a skeleton rodeo rider on a bucking bull nearly 13 feet tall next to the words “Don’t Let Meth Be Your Last Ride.” The winning entry is located near the Eastern Montana Fairgrounds and the Miles City Livestock Commission.
“Once I understood how serious the meth problem was I just knew I had to participate,” Martin said. “We chose the rodeo theme because Miles City has a historic western heritage and we wanted to show the idea that meth can affect people from all walks of life.”
Martin and Sutter’s project was selected as the statewide grand prize winner from among the first place winners in each county.
The first-, second-, and third-place county winners were selected by the commissioners of each county. The statewide prize winner was selected from among the first-place county winners by a distinguished panel of judges.
More than $158,000 in cash prizes were awarded. In addition to the $5,000 grand prize, the statewide winner received a special Pearl Jam prize package.
In all the public art pieces blanked more than 30,000 square feet across the state.
Paint the State winners were announced at a special awards ceremony in the State Capital in Helena hosted by state leaders, Pain the State sponsors and the Montana Meth Project. Community leaders, elected officials, Montana Meth Project staff and volunteers and contest participants attended the event. The contestants’ artwork was showcased in a gallery of photos.
A complete list is at Pictured below are Prairie County entries.

Published August 25, 2010

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