Youth Arts in the Parks 2017 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Exhibit Opens at Tamarack and Online

2017 art contest winners
2017 youth artists at the contest artist recognition ceremony at Tamarack


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News Release Date: April 5, 2017

Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-574-2115

Glen Jean, WV —Flowers are blooming and spring is in the air. See how local students celebrate the season and regional ecology through art at the Youth Arts in the Parks 2017 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Exhibit at Tamarack throughout April. This contest was 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 watercolor paint, glass, oil pastels, pencils, paper, and more.

The creativity and talents of local students yielded amazing works of art, with 714 participants this year. The top 65 juried pieces are now showcased at Tamarack in Beckley, April 2 – May 1. The works of the 60 featured youth artists are on exhibit in the lobby of the Hulett C. Smith Theater, while the five Best in Show artists’ pieces will be displayed alongside adult artists in the Full Spectrum spring gallery show that opens April 8 in Tamarack’s David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery. Tamarack is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. See this exhibit online starting April 3 at
This display is part of 2017 New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend (April 28 – April 30), where anyone can become a citizen scientist at New River Gorge! Discover the ever changing face of the season from the rim of the gorge to the river with rangers and naturalists at free guided hikes in parks during this event. Enjoy the spirit of spring at a variety of art demonstrations and exhibits. Contribute your nature observations as well, helping document the diversity of Appalachia. Join in on the fun at New River Gorge National River, Tamarack, and the West Virginia State Parks of Babcock, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Hawks Nest, Pipestem Resort and Twin Falls Resort for this celebration of spring. The complete event program schedule is available at or Facebook at

Last updated: April 5, 2017

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