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Girl from Ross, 9, wins North Face art contest, design is in stores

| Monday, July 17, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
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Addison Winner, 9, of Ross, bested 1,000 other young artists to win The North Face Inc. international design competition for kids ages 6 to 12. Her design will be sold on North Face merchandise in stores and online.

Nine-year-old Addison Winner of Ross soon will see her artwork in stores, online, and on the chests of consumers all over the world:

The United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Canada.

She was a winner in The North Face Inc.'s international design competition for kids ages 6 to 12, in which the prize was getting the young artist's original artwork screen printed onto the company's Fall 2017 product line of snow sports and logo wear hoodies and T-shirts, which will be available for sale from July through the 2017 holiday season.

“I was super excited. I'm excited to see my art in stores and online,” Winner said.

She also received a $200 North Face gift card and pin.

She already has spent $80 of her winnings to buy T-shirts bearing her artwork.

“I bought a shirt in every size,” she said.

The North Face is an American outdoor product company specializing in outerwear, clothing, footwear, and equipment. The company announced its youth art competition on social media and received about 1,000 entries, according to Michael Digirolamo, Global Senior Product Director for Youth at The North Face, Inc.

All submissions were reviewed by The North Face graphic designers, product designers, and product managers. Final entries were put to a consumer vote via The North Face social media channels. Then, the top 10 votes in boys' and girls' designs were put out for public vote via social media. The top 5 designs were selected for production.

Winner's design was a snowflake.

“I made a snowflake by putting painter's tape down on paper in a snowflake pattern and then I painted over it. I decided to use some pink and pinky watercolors. Then I removed the tape. I decided it looked really cool,” she said.

Winner won her first art contest when she was a first grader at Highcliff Elementary School two-and-a-half years ago.

“I won a Christmas card competition at my school,” she said. “I've always liked art. I always asked for art supplies for all my birthdays and Christmases.”

Winner has taken drawing and painting classes at the North Hills Art Center, and currently is enrolled in a clay class.

“She has liked doing art for as long as we can remember,” said her father, James. “I remember when we'd go to restaurants, she'd draw pictures on the place mat. When we were in the car, she'd draw in the backseat. She was always drawing. We'd tape her pictures up on the walls in her bedroom, in our bedroom, on the refrigerator.

Her other passion is rock climbing. And she is quick to admit that she has plenty of North Face clothing and equipment for the sport, including a jacket, hat, sweatshirts, and shorts.

“I've been taking (rock climbing) classes at Climb North for two years and am in the intermediate level. I can top the 40-foot walls and do bouldering, where we don't wear harnesses,” she said.

“My dad and I built a 10-foot-by-16-foot wide rock wall made out of plywood. We put it in our house. We put rocks on it and made climbing routes. Then I painted it orange and blue and green.

“But art is only a hobby,” she said. “I actually want to be a veterinarian when I grow up.”

Laurie Rees is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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