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Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-574-2115Glen Jean, West Virginia — Nature can be a great inspiration! Now is the time for local students to celebrate nature and use their creativity to craft an entry for the Youth Arts in the Parks 2017 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest. The contest entry deadline is almost here.
Contest Rules: This art contest is open to all K – 12 grade students of Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers Counties. Youth can enter art through their school or independently. Complete contest rules, list of accepted wildflower species, entry form, and several species reference photos are available online at https://www.nps.gov/neri/youth-
Entry Time and Awards: Entries must be hand delivered to a contest art receiving station between February 1 – 7, 2017. Entries juried into this exhibit will be showcased at an April 2017 art display at Tamarack in Beckley and online. Contest winners will receive art supply awards at a special ceremony.
Contest art receiving stations (entries accepted February 1 - 7, 2017 ONLY):
- Divide Elementary School (weekdays only during regular school hours), Attn: Christy Gill, Propps Ridge Rd., Lookout
- Liberty High School (weekdays only during regular school hours), Attn: Tonja Raines, 1700 Coal River Rd., Glen Daniels
- Woodrow Wilson High School (weekdays only during regular school hours), Attn: Sandi Shaw, 400 Stanaford Rd., Beckley
- Nicholas County High School (weekdays only during regular school hours), Attn: Pam Cox, 30 Grizzly Rd., Summersville
- National Park Service – Canyon Rim Visitor Center (open daily 9:00-5:00), Attn: Jodi French-Burr, Fayette Mine Rd., Lansing
- National Park Service – Sandstone Visitor Center (open daily 9:00-5:00), Attn: Dave Bieri, Meadow Creek Rd., Sandstone
Spring Nature Festival: This youth art contest is part of New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, April 28 – 30, 2017. This annual spring event celebrates this region’s amazing ecology and is hosted by staff and volunteers of New River Gorge National River, Tamarack, and several southern West Virginia State Parks.
So kids, let your creative nature flow as you prepare your art entry. Join in on this celebration of ecology through art with Youth Arts in the Parks!