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Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-465-2632
Glen Jean, West Virginia, January 31, 2014— Nature inspires artists of all ages! Students can demonstrate their creativity through theYouth Arts in the Parksart contest, part of New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend (April 25 –27). The art work of contest finalists will be showcased at Tamarack in Beckley and on-line in April, helping all in our community see the amazing natural diversity of Appalachian ecology. The art entry deadline forYouth Arts in the Parksis almost here. Students must submit their entries to a receiving station by February 16.
This nature art contest is open to all K – 12 grade students in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers Counties. Students may use a variety of mediums to create a work of art inspired by a spring Appalachian wildflower native to the New River Gorge area of West Virginia. Complete contest information, rules, list of accepted wildflower species, and entry form are available on-line at www.nps.gov/neri/youth-arts-
February 10 – 14 at the following public schools during school hours:
- Divide Elementary School, Attn: Christy Gill, Propps Ridge Rd., Lookout
- Liberty High School, Attn: Tonja Raines, 1700 Coal River Rd., Glen Daniels
- Woodrow Wilson High School, Attn: Sandi Shaw, 400 Stanaford Rd., Beckley
- Nicholas County High School, Attn: Pam Cox, 30 Grizzly Rd., Summersville
February 8 –16at the following National Park Service Visitor Centers, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
- Canyon Rim Visitor Center, Attn: Jodi French-Burr, Fayette Mine Rd., Lansing
- Sandstone Visitor Center, Attn: Dave Bieri, Meadow Creek Rd., Sandstone
Join this celebration of nature in Appalachian through art withYouth Arts in the Parks!