Candice Farley's "Carolina Silverbells and Pink Lady Slipper" was chosen as the Best in Show Overall during the 2022 Youth Arts in the Parks Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest. The 2022 show is now open at Tamarack Marketplace. Farley is a sophomore at Liberty High School in Raleigh County.

A student wildlife art exhibit opened Friday, April 2 at Tamarack Marketplace featuring the work of local students who participated in the Youth Arts in the Parks 2022 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest.

Local students used art to learn about regional ecology and to celebrate the arrival of spring in the Appalachians in this annual contest open to all students in grades K through 12 from Fayette, Nicholas, Raleigh and Summers counties.

Students learned about regional wildflowers and Appalachian ecology while they created art using paint, pastels, pencils, and more.

The program attracted 278 participants this year. The top 66 juried pieces are now showcased at Tamarack Marketplace in Beckley through May 7.

This year’s exhibit will feature handmade wildflower art plus wildlife art created on computers.

Tamarack Marketplace is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Tuesdays).

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The top pieces chosen as Best in Show will be displayed alongside adult artwork and be for public sale in the Space: The Fine Art Frontier spring gallery show that runs April 23 through June 15 in Tamarack Marketplace’s David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery.

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