A! Magazine for the Arts

'True Art' showcase and children's contest announce contest winners

March 22, 2022

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, celebrates the work of area artists by presenting the True Art Showcase & Children’s Contest in the museum from March 1 through March 25.

True Art was named in honor of James True, the first curator of the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park. This year, the True Art Showcase presents over 100 displays of adult and children’s art throughout the museum. Work from the following artists are on display during True Art:

Pam Smith, Chuck Mullins, Kevin Smith, Marcia Terry, Brenda Smith, Lisa Beck, Savannah Kendrick, Rosa Garcia and Jennifer Meade.

Students from grades K-12 were asked to submit entries reflecting this year’s theme “Scenery of Southwest Virginia.” The winners in each category are:

Grades 9-12
First Place:
Jordon Shepherd, Lee High School
Second Place:Jasmine Harvey, Eastside High School

Third Place:Allison Garrett, Lee High School

Grades 5-8

First Place:Riley Spain, Union Middle School
Second Place:Gracie Blanken, Pennington Middle School

Third Place:Olivia Smith, Gate City Middle School

Grades K-4
First Place:Abel Hill, Dryden Elementary School
Second Place:Caroline Terry, Homeschool
Third Place:Tony Simeone, Dryden Elementary School

True Art is on display in the museum Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

For more information about the True Art Showcase & Children’s contest, call the park at 276-523-1322.

The park will comply with the state Covid 19 regulations in place at the time the program is offered.

The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.