Youth Arts in the Parks 2017 Art Contest Announced

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Red Trillium by Presley Peterson, 12th grade, Woodrow Wilson High School, Raleigh County. 2016 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest – Best in Show (watercolor painting).

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News Release Date: November 7, 2016

Glen Jean, West Virginia — Nature can be a great inspiration! Local students can celebrate their creativity and interest in nature through the Youth Arts in the Parks 2017 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest. This contest and April exhibition at Tamarack allows students to serve as community leaders and raise awareness of Appalachia’s natural diversity and parks. Their works will inspire community connections to local ecology and outdoor stewardship. Some students will also have the opportunity to explore the business of art and its role in economic development.


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. A variety of mediums can be used to create art inspired by a spring Appalachian wildflower found in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia. Complete contest rules, list of accepted wildflower species, entry form, and some species photo references are available online at or

Entry Time and Awards: Entries must be hand delivered to a contest art receiving station between February 1 and 7, 2017. Top entries will be showcased at an April 2017 art exhibit at Tamarack in Beckley and online. Contest winners will receive art supply awards at a special ceremony.

Spring Nature Festival: This Youth Arts in the Parks 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. Parks like these are places that “bring relevance to all citizens,” said National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis. “That’s where learning really begins.”

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

Last updated: November 7, 2016

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