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Young artist wins museum contest

July 14, 2009

In May, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown held its annual benefactors reception. The event was to thank museum donors who contributed to the museum during the past year.

The theme of this year's event was "Children's Art Education" and focused on the museum's school for the arts, offering classes year-round for adults and those ages 2 and older.

To get the art students involved, the museum offered a contest.

The winning artwork, selected by the museum's board of trustees, became the artwork on the invitation to the event. The museum board selected "My Picasso," a watercolor work by Cara Bishop of Warfordsburg, Pa. The board members were thrilled to find out that Cara, the youngest student to enter the competition, was only 2 years old when she produced the work. Cara and her family visited the museum in late May, when she received her award and a gift certificate for museum art school classes. Melissa Gibson, the instructor for the museum's "Little Illustrators" class that Cara participated in was present while museum educator Amy Hunt presented the award.

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Cara's artwork was on view, alongside other contest participants, in the museum's front corridor during the reception.

For more information about the museum, call 301-739-5727 or go to www.wcmfa.org.




Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

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