The City of Evanston plans to show off its urban forest in a special art contest called “I Heart Evanston Trees.”

Entries are being accepted from now until midnight on Oct. 20.

Acceptable media include water color, drawing, mixed media, photography, and graphic design.

Judging will begin on Oct. 21 with winners being announced the week of Nov. 3. Judges, a mix of Evanston artists and city staff, will select 13 winning entries and 10 honorable mentions.

Artwork created by those ages 15 and under will be judged separately from artwork submitted by older residents.

The 13 winning entries will be used in the “I Heart Evanston Trees” calendar and the honorable mentions will be included on greeting cards sent out by the city.

Prizes will be determined by the contest sponsors, and all winning artists will have their names publicly recognized on the City of Evanston website as well as their artwork used in fundraising material for the “I Heart Evanston Trees” campaign.

By the way, the city said in a news release that the Forestry Division cares and maintains more than 33,000 trees in public parks and parkways.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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