Garden Spot Village exhibits Congressional Contest Art

Garden Spot Village invites the public to take in a special art exhibit in the retirement community’s Main Street Art Gallery during the month of May. The gallery will display entries in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition.

“We are honored to be the display site once again, and we encourage our neighbors to come out and support these young artists by viewing their works,” said Colleen Musselman, director of life enrichment at Garden Spot Village.

The approximately three-dozen paintings, drawings, collages, prints, photographs and computer-generated images are the work of high school students in the 16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, represented by Joseph R. Pitts. Theprogram is open to students from public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students. This year’s competition will include entries by students from Conestoga Valley, Ephrata, Garden Spot and JP McCaskey high schools in Lancaster County and Octorara High School in Chester County.

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Rep. Pitts, who is a painter himself, will judge the entries from his district.

“He knows the value of art. It’s a wonderful hobby, and he loves to see kids participating in it,” said Andrew Wimer, communications director for the representative.

Last year’s winner was “In Loving Memory—Piper Cub”, a pencil sketch of a girl and her horse, by Morgan Gizzi of Elizabethtown High School.

In 1982, the Congressional Institute introduced the nationwide visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. The winners from each participating district are recognized at anawards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The winning entry from each district will hang for one year in the tunnel between the United States Capitol and the Cannon House Office Building. Each week, thousands of people view the artwork.

Three runners-up from the 16th District will hang in Pitts’ offices in Lancaster, Kennett Square and Washington.

The public is invited to view the Congressional Art Competition entries at Garden Spot Village from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily between May 1 and May 31.

Garden Spot Village is located at 433 S. Kinzer Ave. in New Holland. To visit the Gallery, enter through the Village Square North entrance, parking lot No. 1, and the receptionist will point the way to the art gallery. For directions, call 717-355-6000.