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MLK Day of Service and Celebration art contest winners announced

January 29, 2013
  • Winners in the MLK Day of Service and Celebration art contest are, from left, Nahja Collins, second place; Lauren Giannola, tied for third place with Liana James (not pictured); and Erin Mettille, first-place winner.
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In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Volunteer Washington County partnered with the Washington County Arts Council and Washington County Public Schools to host an art contest during its second annual MLK Day of Service and Celebration.
 
The theme of the contest was “Celebrating Dr. King’s Legacy.”

The contest was open to all public, private and home school high school students.
 
Judges from the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts adjudicated the entries and selected the winners.

The following were winners of this year’s art contest:

  • First prize — Erin Mettille, “Elements of Goodness”
  • Second prize — Nahja Collins, “Love Harmonizes Life”
  • Third prize — (Tie) Lauren Giannola and Liana James

Each year, Washington County Arts Council holds an exhibit to showcase the talented educators of Washington County.

This year, for the first time, Mary Anne Burke, executive director of the Arts Council, has agreed to exhibit the winning students’ art work along side that of the educators.
 
“It makes sense,” she said.
 
“These educators, after all, teach, mentor and inspire students to develop their own creative abilities.”

The exhibit, which will open Friday, will be the first event held in the Arts Council’s new location at 34-36 S. Potomac St.
 
A reception will be held Friday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. to recognize the educators and to award prizes to the winning students.

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