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2022 Youth Arts in the Parks Wildflower Art Exhibit Opens at Tamarack

student artwork, painting of wildflower and bee
Butterfly Weed © Grace Bennett, 11th grade, home school, Fayette County. 2021 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest – Best in Show artist.

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News Release Date: April 1, 2022

Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-575-6496

Glen Jean, West Virginia — A new exhibit opens Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Tamarack Marketplace in West Virginia featuring the artwork of local students who participated in the Youth Arts in the Parks (YAP) 2022 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest. Local students used art to learn about regional ecology and to celebrate the arrival of spring in the Appalachians in this annual contest open to all students in grades K – 12 from Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers counties. Students learned about regional wildflowers and Appalachian ecology while they created art using paint, pastels, pencils, and more.   


The creativity and talents of local students yielded amazing works of art, with 278 participants this year. The top 66 juried pieces are now showcased at Tamarack Marketplace in Beckley through May 7, 2022. The works of these featured youth artists are on exhibit in the lobby of the Hulett C. Smith Theater. This year’s exhibit will feature handmade wildflower art plus wildlife art created on computers. Tamarack Marketplace is open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (closed Tuesdays). See this exhibit online starting mid-April at


This year’s five Best in Show pieces will be announced on the park’s Facebook page on April 3. These top pieces will be displayed alongside adult artwork and be for public sale in the Space: The Fine Art Frontier spring gallery show that runs April 23- June 15 in Tamarack Marketplace’s David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery.  


Spring Nature Festival: This Youth Arts in the Parks contest is part of a spring 2022 nature event celebrating southern West Virginia’s diverse ecology from early April through mid-May. Take part in free guided walks and talks, workshops, and exhibits in person and online with New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, Tamarack Marketplace, Beckley Art Center, Active Southern West Virginia, Three Rivers Avian Center, National Parks and Conservation Association, and the West Virginia State Parks of Babcock, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Hawks Nest, Pipestem Resort, and Twin Falls Resort. See the complete event program schedule at  


Join this celebration of ecology through art now with Youth Arts in the Parks


Last updated: April 1, 2022

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