Winter Carnival 2017: Emerald Mountain School student designs winning button art |

Winter Carnival 2017: Emerald Mountain School student designs winning button art

Alliyah Reimer, 13, designed the artwork for this year's Winter Carnival button.
Teresa Ristow

— Emerald Mountain School eighth-grader Alliyah Reimer’s artwork was chosen this year to adorn thousands of buttons used for entry into the 2017 Winter Carnival.

Alliyah, 13, said she entered the contest for the second time this year, along with her classmates at Emerald Mountain School.

“I always liked the idea but never thought I would place first,” Alliyah said.

Alliyah’s winning artwork depicts a snowboarder wearing a Colorado beanie with the Winter Carnival fireworks reflected in the person’s goggles, while a ski mountain and lift are seen in the background.

“I really wanted to incorporate our mountain and also symbolize that we’re in Colorado,” Alliyah said.

The theme of this year’s carnival and inspiration for the winning art is “take me to the mountains.”

Alliyah said she enjoys all forms of art, which made entering the contest a fun activity.

Alliyah said she’s been snowboarding since the age of 6 and enjoys living in Steamboat Springs, where she has grown up.

“I love it here. It’s a great place and I’m proud to be raised here,” she said.

The Emerald Mountain School student said she has attended the Winter Carnival many times but doesn’t have a favorite event.

“I love all of the events. They’re all really cool in their own way,” she said.

Catch Alliyah’s art on Winter Carnival buttons, required for entry at events throughout the carnival.

Buttons support the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and are available at the Howelsen Hill Lodge, Yampa Valley Bank, city of Steamboat Springs offices, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Steamboat Art Museum, the Info Center at Steamboat Resort, Yampa Valley Medical Center, Resort Group, Steamboat Sotheby’s International Realty, Wyndham Vacation and Olsen Development.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow

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