Marion Tree Board expands contest

The Marion Tree Board's contest includes photos and artwork by adults and kids. Enter now and reap your reward in the spring.

The Marion Tree Board has expanded its photography contest into an art contest that will include categories for both students and adults.

In July, the Tree Board announced it was holding a photography contest as part of its 30th anniversary celebration as being designated a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation.

After inquiries by tree lovers who wanted to submit their paintings and other pieces of tree art instead of photos of trees, the Tree Board decided to expand the competition to include all art forms including paintings, written works, sculptures and more.

A student category was also created to allow kids from McDowell County’s public, private and homeschools to enter their original works of art into the contest, according to a news release.

Now through February, the Tree Board will accept photos of contest entries. Starting on Feb. 1, entrants can submit their physical projects in person at Marion City Hall. Items will be rated by a panel of judges and contest winners will be announced during an art reception at MACA in early spring.

A variety of prizes including Tree Board branded Yeti-style cups, limited-edition T-shirts and age-appropriate items for students will be awarded to winners in each art category, according to the news release.

Contest details can be found at MarionNC.org on the Tree Board’s page. Photos of submissions of entries can be emailed to lhollifield@marionnc.org. Contest entries can be dropped off starting Feb. 1 to Landdis Hollifield at Marion City Hall.

Frequently asked questions

Who can enter?The Tree Board’s Adult Art Contest is open to any adult ages 18 and older. The Tree Board’s Student Art Contest is open to all students ages 4 and older in public, private and homeschools in McDowell County.

What can be entered?

We want to see your love of trees expressed through art, so all forms of art can be entered in this contest. Whether you want to write a poem or short story about trees, take photographs of ice-covered dogwoods or sculpt a vase or piece of jewelry featuring trees, we welcome all types of art.

When are entries due?

Digital photos of entries can be submitted between now and Feb. 1 to lhollifield@marionnc.org. After Feb. 1, entries can be submitted in person at Marion City Hall, 194 N. Main St. in Marion.

When will winners be announced?

Winners will be announced during the Tree Board’s Art Reception at MACA in early spring. All entering artists will receive an invitation to this event.

What will winners receive?

Winners of the adult contest will receive a Tree Board branded, Yeti-style tumbler and custom T-shirt. They’ll also be recognized in The McDowell News and on social media for their win.

Winners of the student contest will receive an assortment of fabulous, age-appropriate prizes.

Top contest winners from both categories will have their work visually displayed in City Hall, the Community Building or Depot.

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