Youth Arts in the Parks Wildflower Art to a New Location

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Flame azalea created with colored pencil by Payton Stoots, 10th grade, Liberty High School, Raleigh County.

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News Release Date: May 5, 2016

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

Glen Jean, West Virginia—Continue to celebrate nature through the winning art work of the Youth Arts in the Park 2016 Appalachian Spring Art Contest's extended exhibit at local National Park Service visitor centers through mid-July. Originally on display at Tamarack in April, many of these works are now on exhibit in New River Gorge National River at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing, West Virginia and the Sandstone Visitor Center in Sandstone, West Virginia. These visitor centers are open daily 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Each work of art in this year's exhibit highlights the region's diverse wildflowers. Students used mediums such as watercolor paint, oil pastels, pencils, clay, paper, and more to help others learn about Appalachian ecology and parks. All featured art from this year's contest can also be viewed online at The top five Best in Show contest pieces remain on exhibit at Tamarack in Beckley,alongside adult artists in the Narrations: Stories in Art spring art show through mid-June.

This annual art contest is open to students in grades K -12 in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers Counties. This year's exhibit features the works of 54 talented youth artists. This contest is part of New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, an annual spring event conducted by the National Park Service –New River Gorge National River, Tamarack, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, and the state parks of Babcock, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Pipestem Resort, and Twin Falls Resort.                                                   

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Last updated: May 5, 2016

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