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Bozeman teen's artwork chosen for 2020 Sweet Pea Festival poster

Posted at 4:59 PM, Jun 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 21:47:53-04

BOZEMAN — While the Sweet Pea Festival might look a little different this year, it’s still recognizing talent in our community.

And you might recognize this year’s Sweet Pea Poster Winner: Averi Iris Smith.

If you recall, Averi is the 15-year-old artist behind “True Colors,” a painting she created to help raise 1,600 dollars for mental health services.

Now, Averi and her work are getting recognized on a grander stage.

Despite some changes due to COVID-19, a painting of her’s is now the face of festival’s poster — an honor Averi says she hoped to achieve.

“I was, like, sitting next to my mom when she got the phone call and I was doing all of these weird dances,” she says. “Just knowing that you’ve got a part in everything that is Bozeman’s history is really awesome.”

Averi has been painting since she was 10 years old and plans to keep it up.