TONASKET – Some are leaping, diving, guarding eggs. Others are artistic representations, Pacific Northwest Indian art interlaid on their sleek bodies.
One piece showed a bear and a waterfall, mountains in the distance and the salmon leaping up stream to spawn.
That piece is a watercolor by Katelyn Antuna, a seventh-grader in the Tonasket Outreach Program.
Antuna and more than 300 other students across the country submitted artistic pieces depicting wild salmon to Save Our Wild Salmon, a national coalition of organizations ranging from commercial and sport fishing associations to clean energy advocates dedicated to restoring wild salmon on the Columbia and Snake River runs.
SOWS held an art contest for students across the country. The top 20 art pieces will be displayed at the Capital and the four age group winners will go to D.C. to a SOWS reception.
Antuna is one of those winners.
“I was very surprised when I won,” she said. “I can’t wait for D.C.!”
SOWS pays for the winner and a parents to head to the “other” Washington in June. Katelyn’s mother, Wanda, will likely accompany her.