by: Submitted photo, Lauren McKenzie's winning poster for the Music in the Park concert series

In its first poster contest, West Linn's Music in the Park concert series organizers have chosen recent West Linn High School graduate Lauren McKenzie as the winner.

'Winning the contest was very exciting, I really didn't expect to win,' McKenzie said. 'I believe this was their first contest for the poster design and it's really cool to be the first artist to kick it off.'

The concert series, now in its second year, takes place in Tanner Creek Park and begins July 13. McKenzie, the poster contest winner, received $50, and second-runner up Sarah Bernert won $25, according to organizer Esther Cramer.

McKenzie said she gained inspiration for her design from what she sees every day in the city.

'I just tried to think of what the best visual representation of West Linn (at least for me) would be,' she said. 'I focused on the downtown Willamette area - I live near the Willamette area and the Tualatin river, and I love driving through there on my way to school.'

The picture is a combination of water colors and pastels in bright vibrant colors, and McKenzie said she recently did her AP Studio Concentration in a similar blend of colors.

McKenzie, who plans to study graphic design at Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., said she loves art and wants to continue her work.

'Art used to be just a hobby of mine, but in the recent years I have become extremely passionate about my artwork and photography,' she said.

McKenzie said she also plans to attend the concert series this year.

'Music is another passion of mine and I fully support what Music in the Parks is doing in the community,' McKenzie said.

Music in the Parks concerts are scheduled at Tanner Creek Park, 3340 Parker Road, 6:30-8:30 p.m., on Thursdays, July 13, 27, Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Musicians scheduled to perform include Soul Search; Patrick Lamb; Touchables, who alos performed last year; Bobby Torres; Tom Grant; and 5 Guys Named Moe. No concert is scheduled for July 20 because of the Old Time Fair in Willamette.

For more information on the concerts, see the Web site at www.westlinnmusicinthe, contact Esther Cramer at 503-723-7473 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact Karen Evans at 503-650-8738.

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