Artist rides in Pride parade in winning design
July 8, 2014
By Peter Clark
A local girl helped add a little more color to the Seattle Pride 2014 parade.
Issaquah Middle School student Sophie Serumgard decided to enter a City Arts magazine competition to design a custom MINI Cooper F56s. The 12-year-old not only won, but got to ride in the June 29 Pride parade in a MINI wrapped with her design.
City Arts magazine chose three winners — one in the youth category, one in the adult category and one in the professional category. It was the first year for the competition; the magazine chose Rainbows as the theme. Out of more than 70 entries, Serumgard won the 15-and-under age group with her nautical design.
“I really like the ocean,” Serumgard said, describing what inspired her. “I had to put rainbows on it, so I put a dolphin on the top and an octopus on one side.”
Inspiration struck when she saw a promotion for the competition at a family outing.
“We’re at this picnic and it was one of the places there,” she said. “I thought, ‘Why not?’ And so I started coloring.”
She said it was a real thrill to win and ride in the parade.
“I was very surprised,” she said. “I’ve never won anything like that before. It was amazing.”
Her father, Will Serumgard, said the rest of the family only helped by trusting Sophie to submit a good design.
“She’s a great artist,” he said. “The only thing me, my wife and her sister did was wait for her to finish.”
With something to start off her résumé, Sophie said she would certainly consider entering more design competitions in the future.