Simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up. The arts helps children strengthen their motor skills, language development, decision making, visual learning, inventiveness, cultural awareness, and overall has been shown to help improve their academic performance. Featuring young West Virginia artists, check out our Youth Arts Gallery as we change this exhibit every four-six weeks.
April 6 - May 8, 2018
Has nature ever inspired you to do something creative? Local students can celebrate their creativity through the Youth Arts in the Parks program. This youth art contest and April art 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, as well as outdoor stewardship. Student participants in this art program will also have the opportunity to explore the business of art and its role in economic development. This wildflower art contest is open to all K – 12 grade students in Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh, and Summers Counties. Students may use a variety of mediums to create a work of art inspired by a spring Appalachian wildflower native to the New River Gorge area of West Virginia.
May 11 - July 17, 2018
Image Submission Deadline: April 26, 2018
Decision Notifications (sent via e-mail): April 30, 2018
Delivery Deadline for Accepted Work: May 7, 2018
Work Pick Up Deadline: July 27, 2018
To text, or not to text, that is the question. For this Youth Art Gallery exhibition the answer is “Text away!” This exhibition is all about incorporating text into your artwork as a way to connect to the viewer and make your message clear. Whether it’s through poetry like a Shakespearian line that emphasizes your message, a single letter used in new ways or recycled newspaper and books as your medium, we want to see text become part of your aesthetic vocabulary in this text-tacular exhibition. Tamarack Youth Arts Gallery is seeking original artwork from West Virginia students, grades K-12 that incorporates text. All work must be ready to hang. Unframed and matted work will be fixed to the wall with an adhesive. Each student may enter up to three artworks for consideration.