Local student reaches finals of national "Art of Dairy" contest

A Whatcom County high school senior is one of nine finalists in the national “Art of Dairy” competition, sponsored by the dairy products company Lucerne.

Rachel Roberts of Sehome High School has a chance to win $20,000 for her school’s art department, as well as $5,000 toward her college education, if she is chosen as the contest winner.

Roberts design, titled “Moochanical Moochine,”depicts the inner workings of a dairy factory run by cows. She painted the piece on a life-size fiberglass cow and overlaid hand-hammered aluminum spots molded to the cow and attached with bolts.

The design was one of 6,400 entries in the contest.

The Art of Dairy contest accepts votes online until May 17. More information, the finalists’ designs and instructions on voting are online at www.artofdairy.com.

Roberts’ design will be on display at the Bellingham Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, and at Jansen’s Art Center in Lynden from 4-8 p.m., later the same day.

For local updates, visit www.facebook.com/TheMoochanicalMoochine.

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