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April 12 to May 10
The Westmoreland County Museum will be hosting a local student art walk from April 12 through May 10, to highlight the talent of students from Montross and Westmoreland County.
The Inn at Montross and several other Montross businesses will join the Museum in sponsoring the art walk, which will begin with a reception from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.
Cindy Brigman Syndergaard, chef and partner of the Inn at Montross, said the message of the event was clear: “Save the date! Support and inspire local student art.”
The artists’ reception on Saturday is open to both the students and the community and is intended to highlight the talent of local students. Student artwork from Washington District Elementary, Cople Elementary, Montross Middle and Washington and Lee High School will be featured.
Art walk sites in Montross will be marked with a “Landscape Lane” sign and will include The Inn at Montross, Bank of Lancaster, Peoples Community Bank, Montross Town Hall and Carrot Cottage.
“How special it is that our museum and Inn have invited our local students to enjoy a day of art activities in the ‘Village’ and Old Courthouse Square in downtown Montross,” said Carrot Cottage owner Carol Chandler.
“All the merchants are looking forward to displaying our students’ art and greeting the locals and visitors who come to join the festivities,” Chandler said. The Westmoreland County Museum originally began this student art contest in 2011.
“The student art show sponsored by the Museum always amazes me. There are so many talented young artists in our schools. I am glad that we get a chance to showcase them,” said Susan Ripol, President of the Westmoreland County Museum.
The Westmoreland County Museum will have the artwork judged by a panel of local artists, and the winning students will receive cash prizes: $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. These prizes are made possible by the generosity of the local businesses participating in the event, including Parker Farms, Eagle’s Catch Antiques and Murphy’s Seed Service.
Some of the fun activities planned for Saturday include a hula hoop contest, corn hole toss, “Take your picture with the Easter Bunny” at the Inn at Montross and a live Student Art Creation at Bridget’s Bouquets from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Also, the Montross Library will host a sidewalk chalk art contest with Alice Reed, beginning at 11 a.m. with prizes awarded, and there will be colonial games at the Westmoreland County Museum. Saturday’s attendees are also encouraged to participate in the “I Spy Something Red” scavenger hunt.
Contestants will be searching the various art walk sites to locate Virginia’s state bird: small cardinals will be placed around the different locations participating in this art walk. Participants can pick up an entry form at the Museum, fill out the locations where they spotted a cardinal, and enter their ballot in a drawing at The Inn for a chance to win a FREE brunch at the Inn at Montross.
— Richard Leggitt