Aaron Friedman wins holiday card contest

“I’ve been drawing  since I was 6 years old,” said Aaron Friedman, the Wilton High School senior who’s the winner of the eighth annual Holiday Art Contest sponsored by The Greens at Cannondale and Wilton Meadows Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

In addition to having “Artwork by Aaron Friedman” on the card, Aaron will receive a $1,000 scholarship for future art studies. The card will be mailed to hundreds of families, friends, businesses, and community organizations.

The Holiday Art Contest is one of the many intergenerational programs at The Greens that bring youngsters and Greens residents together.  For the students, it’s a new understanding and respect for older people, and for the residents, it’s almost like having a nearby, attentive grandchild. The only contest rules are that the artwork should be original, seasonal and non-religious.

Aaron’s winning artwork is a charming winter scene done with colored pencils.

“It’s my memory of a place we used to go to in Vermont,” he said. “It has an old, worn wooden fence and a long line of trees. There’s a child in the scene and a snowman. My sister and I used to love making snowmen. I think playing in the snow for kids is universal.”

Aaron wants to continue with studio art. His dad is a graphic designer and he’s grown up in an atmosphere of creative arts. In addition to drawing and painting, Aaron is interested in music and writing.

The contest is facilitated at the high school by Rusty Hurd, head of the WHS Art Department, and Chris Rose, community relations director at The Greens. The $1,000 scholarship will be presented at graduation. Meanwhile, Aaron says he’s texted the news to the whole family.

For further information about The Greens intergenerational activities,  contact Chris Rose at 203-761-1191.