Shenandoah National Park Hosts Youth Art Contest for Wildflower Weekend

Blue, gray and yellow watercolor of Jack in the pulpit flowers
Winner of "Best in Show," 2016

Vjorika Brooks, age 13

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News Release Date: January 24, 2017

Contact: Mara Meisel, 540-999-3500 x. 3283

Luray, Virginia: Children’s creativity will be highlighted during Shenandoah National Park's 31st annual Wildflower Weekend, May 6-7, 2017. The annual “Youth Art in the Park” wildflower art contest will be held over that weekend, and artwork is being solicited now.

The contest is open to students in grade levels K-12 in Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Page, Nelson, Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren counties. Students attending public, private and city schools, as well as home-schooled children living in these counties, may enter. Works may be submitted from home or through participating schools. Entries are due by April 14.

Contest rules and the downloadable entry form, as well as a complete schedule of Wildflower Weekend programs, are posted on the park website:

Judging will be among four grade levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Artists must submit 8 x 10-inch flat art (acrylic, crayon, watercolor, pencil, fiber, charcoal, etc.) depicting one or more native wildflowers. There is a wildflower list and a reference photo gallery on the park website.

Ribbons and other prizes will be awarded to the top entries from each age category as well as the “Best in Show.” Top winners will be invited to a recognition ceremony in the park on May 6. Winning artwork will be displayed at park visitor centers, and scanned images may be used in future park promotions. 

For more information about Wildflower Weekend and the “Youth Art in the Park” contest, contact Mara Meisel at e-mail us540-999-3500 ext. 3282.



Last updated: January 26, 2017

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