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Chatsworth girl wins int'l. art contest

March 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Special honors for a Chatsworth girl, who has become only the ninth person outside Japan to win the International Children's Art Exhibition.Eleven-year-old Odel Zadeh has studied art for the last three years. She submitted a painting called "Heartman, " which depicts a person with a heart-shaped face.

Pentel, the Japan-based maker of pens and pencils sponsors the contest, which draws more than 70,000 entries worldwide.

Pentel's chief operating officer said, "We're excited that an entrant from the United States was the recipient of this prestigious award."

"Odel represents the vision Pentel has for young children by combining education, imagination and creativity."

Pentel began the competition in 1970 to encourage children to use their imaginations.

Odel's teacher said: "She had the vision and her art expresses exactly who she is: loving, imaginative and happy."


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