A student wildlife art exhibit opened Friday, April 2 at the Tamarack Marketplace, showcasing the work of local students who entered the 2022 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Competition for Youth Arts in the parks.
Local students used art to learn about regional ecology and to celebrate the arrival of spring in Appalachia during this annual contest open to all K-12 students in Fayette Counties, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers.
Students learned about regional wildflowers and the ecology of Appalachia while creating artwork using paint, pastels, crayons, and more.
The program attracted 278 participants this year. The 66 best pieces from the jury are now on display at the Tamarack Marketplace in Beckley until May 7.
This year’s exhibit will feature handmade wildflower artwork as well as animal artwork created on computers.
Tamarack Marketplace is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays).
See this exhibition online from mid-April on www.nps.gov/neri/youth-arts-in-the-parks.htm.
This year’s five Best in Show plays were to be announced on the park’s Facebook page on April 3. These signature pieces will be displayed alongside adult art and will be for public sale at Space: Fine Art Frontier’s spring gallery exhibition which runs from April 23 to June 15 at the David L Dickirson Fine Art Gallery in Tamarack Marketplace.