Valentine art contest
West Virginia’s First Lady Cathy Justice and her Student Artist Series have announced the new “Valentines to West Virginia” contest, which invited all sixth-grade students in the state to submit a Valentine to West Virginia. The work of art should show or tell what the young artist loves most about the Mountain State.
Students may use writing, photography, painting, drawing, and other art mediums to describe a favorite place, memory, or moment in West Virginia. Valentines must be at least two-dimensional and no larger than 5 by 7 inches. They can be created using a variety of materials.
Students are encouraged to take their time and be creative. This contest is the third installment of the First Lady’s Student Artist Series initiative. On special holidays, she will host different art competitions or projects for students to participate in, encouraging creativity and promoting the importance of the arts within schools throughout West Virginia.
Students may mail their Valentines to West Virginia to:
The Governor’s Mansion
1716 Kanawha Blvd. E
Charleston, WV 25305
Each entry must include the student’s name, phone, email, county, school name, teacher name and teacher email. Valentines will not be returned.
Valentines must be received by Feb. 1, and winners will be announced by Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Prizes will be awarded to winning valentines. For questions, please contact the first lady’s special assistant, Katie Speece, at 304-558-3588 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student artwork exhibition
Gov. Jim Justice and the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History (WVDACH) invite the public to visit the Governor’s Inaugural Almost Heaven Art Exhibition on display outside the Governor’s Reception Room on the walls of the West Rotunda at the State Capitol.
Last fall, the Governor’s Office and the 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.
Selected works will be used by the West Virginia Tourism Office to invite travelers to come to Almost Heaven. Winning entries were selected in December. Winners will receive Blick Art Materials gift cards in the amounts of $100, $50 and $25.