Working With The Environment Winners

Emma Ricci

Emma Ricci’s submission was voted as the People’s Choice winner.

By Nadja Pelkey

(WINDSOR, ON) – On the night of April 24, The Arts Council Windsor and Region (ACWR), along with its partners UNIFOR local 200, The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, The Greater Essex Public School Board, and Conseil Scolaire Catholique Providence celebrated the annual Working with the Environment high school art show.

Local high schools throughout Windsor and Essex County were invited to submit up to three works of art that reflected on the theme of the Environment, Working (labour), or a combination of both.

Over 25 submissions were received from the following schools

  • Belle River District High School (Lakeshore)
  • Cardinal Carter High School (Leamington)
  • F. J. Brennan High School (Windsor)
  • Holy Names Catholic High School (Windsor)
  • L’école Secondaire L’Essor (Tecumseh)
  • Riverside Secondary School (Windsor)
  • St. Anne High School (Lakeshore)
  • St. Thomas of Villanova High School (Lasalle)

The Exhibition included work in a diverse range of media and was on display at the Arts Council Windsor and Region’s gallery, Artspeak, at 1942 Wyandotte Street East in Walkerville, from April 14 to April 24.

Anais Soulliere took top prize among the juried entries.

Anais Soulliere took top prize among the juried entries.

The ACWR thanks its partner and sponsor UNIFOR local 200 for sponsoring the Working with the Environment Art Show Awards including Judges First, Second, and Third Place awards ($250, $150, $100) and People’s Choice Award ($500).


  • First Place – Anais Soulliere (Belle River High School) – $250
  • Second Place – Sara Nguyen (Riverside High School) – $150
  • Third Place – Rebecca Mackenzie (L’ecole Secondaire L’Essor) – $100


  • Emma Ricci (Belle River High School) – $500

The judges were excited to see such diversity in this year’s entries. Deciding which works to award was very challenging because the artist’s efforts, and enthusiasm was so evident. The talent was palpable.

Many congratulations to all for stepping out of your comfort zones and entering your work in this exhibition. We hope you continue to explore art throughout your lives, it was a great pleasure to spend time looking at and considering these works.

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