Local students’ beautiful works of art on display in Charleston


GRAFTON—Almost two dozen student’s artwork from Anna Jarvis Elementary School was selected to help showcase the mountain state and all of her beauty.

Last fall, the Governor’s Office and the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) issued a call to West Virginia students in grades K through 12 for one-of-a-kind postcard designs featuring their favorite place or activity in West Virginia.

According to a release, the contest called for standard postcard-sized, two-dimensional art in a medium such as painting, printmaking, digital art, drawing, photography or mixed media.

Students throughout the state got to work creating their one-of-a-kind designs and the now their art it one display for all to see.

“We received so many wonderful submissions from our talented kids,” said Gov. Justice. “We hope that if you are in the Capitol that you will come to the West Rotunda outside the Governor’s Reception Room and see this absolutely wonderful display of artistic talent.”

Awards were given out to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in three categories: elementary school, middle school and high school. Winners will receive Blick Art Materials gift cards.

At AJES, 23 students’ artwork were chosen to be on display, and two students were named winners of the Governor’s Art Contest.

First grade student Lilian Cron painted a beautiful autumn in Blackwater Canyon and fourth grade student Bailey Fernatt painted Cathedral Falls in a summer setting.

Vice Principal Shelly Stead commented that their seasonal scenes of the mountain state will be made into postcards for the WV Tourism Office to personally invite travelers to Almost Heaven WV.

Principal Heather Sinclair shared that both pieces of art are watercolor and mixed media paintings.

They both shared that would like to congratulate the students from Mrs. Rosellus’s art class.

Students Cade Mooney, Jefferey Wyckoff, Josef Roselius, Trenton Peters, Dominic Parsons, Jaxson Hussion, Lakan Carr, Jaydence Garcia, Isabella Lazorick, Harper Cole, Braelyn Jones, Kenzie Norman, Laken Dillon, Kaitlyn Smith, Tessa Cain, Dakota Boord, Landen Hays, Hadley Morgan, Hugh Antion, Nicholas Stemple and Tegan Pitman will have their art displayed at the capitol from January to September.

Congratulations students!

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