Issaquah girl’s art takes tour by bus

November 2, 2010

By Almeera Anwar

Young artist wins Overlake’s drawing contest

Overlake Hospital Medical Center’s bus advertisements got a new look recently when a 7-year-old Issaquah girl won a drawing contest depicting the medical center’s 50th birthday.

Isha Rudramurthy, a student at Grand Ridge Elementary School, loves to draw and said she wanted to enter the contest because it was an opportunity to be creative.

Isha Rudramurthy, 7, of Issaquah, shows pride in having her winning Overlake Hospital Medical Center art on the side of a Metro bus. Contributed

“The main thing in the picture is a hospital and then it has all the stuff on the top,” she said. “Then, I started to add in other things, like the beds in the windows, and then there is the ambulance parked in front, and on the sidewalk is a clown selling balloons.”

Isha said that she also got some of her inspiration from the local festival Salmon Days, where she remembered seeing a lot of colors and people.

The drawing contest was open to children under age 12 and they were asked to depict Overlake’s 50th “birthday party.” More than 50 entries were submitted. The five winning children each got $50 gift certificates to Bellevue Arts & Frame and The Toy Place.

Karen Johnson, public relations specialist for Overlake Hospital Medical Center, helped to put together the contest and also worked with a committee to select the winning pieces.

Overlake wanted to find ways for the public to get involved in the year-long 50th celebration, Johnson said. Former patients were asked to share their healing stories or their personal experiences at Overlake on the hospital’s Facebook page. This is the first year it has held a drawing contest in hopes of getting children to participate in a way they could relate to.

“We received so many colorful and creative entries,” Johnson said. “Isha’s artwork had that extra spark. Maybe it was the glittering gold accents, and hers was universally selected by the team of judges as the big winner.”

Isha’s mother, Arthi Mohanraj, said she could not be more thrilled or impressed with her daughter’s creativity. They first heard about the contest while at Pine Lake Park for Summer Nights in the Park. Since Isha is always drawing, it seemed like a great chance to let her do it, her mother said.

“She is artistic and quite creative, she has always loved to draw,” Mohanraj said. “They had asked how they would celebrate the birthday party and she started thinking of ideas.”

Entry into the contest was made even more exciting for Isha and the family because Isha was born at Overlake Hospital, her mother said, and the family continues to use Overlake for all of its medical needs.

“Overlake is the hospital we go to for everything. They are a part of our lifestyle,” Mohanraj said. “That is where we go for check-ups, it’s where the kids were born, it has my physician. We see them involved in our lives all the time.”

As for Isha, she is channeling her creativity into writing a piece for her elementary school Reflections project. She has already been to the state level and is hoping to make it to nationals this year.

Almeera Anwar is a student in the University Of Washington Department Of Communication News Laboratory. Comment at

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One Response to “Issaquah girl’s art takes tour by bus”

  1. Brad (kurts brother) on November 3rd, 2010 6:59 pm

    Good write up almeera :)

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