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Could's E-card Contest Uncover the Next Monet?


Online contest is free to enter; portable CD players for top 3 entries

As children, Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Andy Warhol were all accomplished artists who went on to achieve worldwide recognition for their work as adults. Now is inviting today's children to share their artistic talents with the world in its first-ever Four Seasons E-card Postcard Contest. Kids have until Aug. 15, 2003, to illustrate a 4" x 6" postcard with their interpretation of the beauty of fall or winter and send it to Ten winners will have their postcards featured in's free online e-card gallery for a whole season, beginning September 2003. The top three winners will also win a portable CD player. Winners will be announced Sept. 2, 2003, at which point will launch its second e-card contest to inspire kids to illustrate the beauty of spring and summer.

Monet's artistic talent emerged first as a caricaturist, not as a landscape artist. He was not a good student and passed the time by decorating the margins of his textbooks with his teachers' faces. At 16 however, with his ability for sketching portraits widely known in Le Harve, France, he was inspired by the artist Boudin to study nature - the start of a passion for painting landscapes that made him famous as an adult.

"The earth's four seasons have inspired artists for generations," said Florence Rodale, creator and executive editor consultant of "Through our latest contest, children have the chance to connect with nature by sharing their own unique interpretation of the mystery and magnificence of fall and winter. Our free e-card program will enable kids, parents and educators to e-mail the top 10 best-selected postcards to their friends and family around the world for a whole season, beginning in 2003," she added.

Three lucky children will also win a portable CD player if selected as the first-place winner in their age group: Entries will be accepted from children ages 7 to 10, 11 to 13, and 13 and up. Judging will take place Aug. 16-30, 2003.

On the back of each illustrated postcard, entrants should write their first name, age, address, an e-mail address or phone number where their parents can be reached, and a few lines describing their picture. Postcards must be placed in an envelope and mailed to: 4 Seasons E-card Contest, 611 Siegfriedale Rd., Kutztown, PA 19530. One postcard per contestant; entries will not be returned. For more information, visit after June 2, 2003.

About is an exciting Internet magazine aimed at children ages 7 to 10, families and educators. The site is a part of The Rodale Institute's Youth Educational Program and features age-appropriate, solution-oriented activities and information based on nature and gardening that empower kids to make healthy choices for themselves, and for the environment.

The Rodale Institute®
The Rodale Institute is a world-leading, not-for-profit educational and research organization dedicated to regenerative and organic agriculture. The Institute has worked globally for 56 years to achieve a regenerative food system that renews environmental and human health, bringing to life the philosophy that "Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy People®." The Institute communicates through a variety of channels. In addition to, it has two other Web sites:, aimed at the general public, and for farmers worldwide.

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