Local art student is ‘Doodle 4 Google’ finalist

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., May. 26, 2011
This drawing by Tolland 8-year-old Lindsey, a student at the Connecticut Art School in South Windsor, was Connecticut's only regional finalist in the 'Doodle 4 Google' contest. Photos contributed. - Contributed Photo

The Connecticut Art School in South Windsor announced that one of its students, 8-year-old Lindsey Coffua of Tolland, was a regional finalist in the “Doodle 4 Google” art contest. Lindsey recently traveled to New York City with her family for the national competition. Although she did not win the national competition, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The theme for this year’s contest was “What I’d Like To Do Someday.” Lindsey’s entry used art supplies to form the Google letters. She was Connecticut’s only regional winner, having competed against two other state finalists, “Home Sweet Home,” by Arianna, and “Musical Instruments,” by Kelly.

According to Connecticut Art School Director Sharon Cavanaugh, Lindsey’s artwork was one of 40 regional finalists selected from 10,700 entries. Whoopi Goldberg and Jim Davis, the creator of the “Garfield” comic strip, were guest judges, and the final selection was made by online voting.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Lindsey’s mother, Sharon Maloney, about the event at the Google headquarters in New York City. “They really made it special for the kids.” The artwork by the regional winners is now on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art through the summer, and then the artwork will be shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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