GLEN JEAN - Calling all youth artists! The National Park Service is collecting entries for the Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest.
Park rangers said it is all part of Youth Arts in the Parks, a student competition celebrating ecology through art. The contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers Counties.
Submissions must be inspired by spring Appalachian wildflowers native to the New River Gorge area. Winning entries will be displayed in Tamarack and online. These winners will also receive a bag of art supplies.
Robin Snyder, chief of visitor services at the New River Gorge National River, believes the competition allows students to be creative and learn about the area they live in. "This is really a great way to get kids outside, get them active and get them engaged in creative works by putting these pieces of artwork together."
The top five overall entries will be featured in Tamarack's David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery and be up for public sale, with a portion of proceeds going to the artists. Submissions must be hand-delivered between February 8 and 16.
for contest rules and entry receiving stations.