Climate Smart Art Contest Brings Together Artists and Environmentalists

The Climate Smart Art Expo, held on Saturday as part of the Whitefish Winter Carnival, was a rousing success! With over 40 entries from local artists, and 50 submissions from students of all ages, we were able to fill the Performing Arts Center with a wonderful variety of local talent. The Winter Carnival King and Queen made an appearance after the annual parade, and awards were distributed to the winning artists before a showing of the movie Depth Perception–a film also created with the help of several talented locals. Thanks to everyone who submitted their artwork and made the Art Expo such a success, and congratulations to all our Art Contest winners!

All of the artwork from the exhibition will be on display at the Walking Man Frame Shop & Gallery until the end of the month if you couldn’t make it to the Expo. The Whitefish Climate Action Plan At-A-Glance document can be downloaded here.

The winning video entries can be seen below:

1st Place: Elke Duerr with “Eat, Connect, Sustain”

“This short film was filmed in the Flathead Valley and in the North Fork. It has a wonderful story of community behind it.”

2nd Place: Joe Clark with “Greenhouse Build Incorporating a Shipping Container

“This is the first video in a series about this greenhouse build incorporating a shipping container and geothermal systems. The design incorporates a forty foot shipping container and has some very efficient and innovative systems such as a climate battery, earth tube, automatic vents, temperature controlled fans, self watering planter boxes, root cellar and a seed starting room.”

3rd Place: Shepherd Waldenberger with “Composting

“I created this video to educate students at Whitefish schools about composting.  The goal was to show them what happens when they put their food scraps in the collection bins and why they should do that instead of dumping them in the trash.  It was shown to all the incoming high school freshman in 2018.  I’m grateful to Alyssa LaChance at Dirt Rich Compost for providing such an awesome service to the community.  Diverting waste from landfills and turning it into a valuable resource is definitely Climate Smart.  Educating others about how they can make a positive impact is also Climate Smart. Compost!”