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Young Artists Honored In Yosemite

YOSEMITE – Yosemite National Park and the Ansel Adams Gallery will celebrate the creativity of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities with an awards ceremony and art exhibition on Saturday Nov. 17.

Winners of the art and poetry contests will be on display at the gallery this Friday and Saturday.

YNP and the Ansel Adams Gallery sponsored a Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest from Monday, Sept. 17, to Friday, Oct. 26, inviting students to submit their impressions and poems about Yosemite.

Representatives from different NPS divisions, The Ansel Adams Gallery, the Yosemite Conservancy, DNC, NatureBridge, and other community groups gathered last week to vote for their favorite student art and poetry submissions.

Judging was no easy task, with over 140 submissions. Everyone is invited to come and see the results of the judging and the hard work of students at this year’s Gateway Expressions exhibit.

Winning submissions will be on display in The Ansel Adams Gallery Nov. 16 and 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The award ceremonies will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, at 12:15 p.m. for kindergarten to 5th graders, and 1 p.m. for 6th -12th graders.

This is the second year the park has hosted the contest. Students were encouraged to submit original artwork or poetry that communicated a connection to Yosemite’s natural or cultural history.

A wide range of art and poetry was submitted, including collages showing Giant Sequoias, pencil sketches of Tunnel View and Glacier Point, and poetry about experiencing the sights and sounds of Yosemite. There were also paintings portraying Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall, as well as crayon art depicting wildlife in Yosemite.

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Yosemite Conservancy.

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