Marshall-area students prepare to present artwork at the annual Mini Monet Art Contest | News

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More than 350 works of art were submitted by students from across East Texas this week for the Marshall Regional Art’s Council’s fourth annual Mini Monet Art Competition, which will host a reception Friday at the Marshall Place Gallery.

The reception will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the contest winners will be announced at 5:30 p.m. The organization will be giving out 19 individual prizes during the event.

“It’s a way for us to promote the arts in local schools each year, but also to celebrate our budding local artists,” said RMCA director Fran Hurley.

This year, art was submitted from a number of local schools, including Marshall High School, Marshall Junior High School, Hallsville Junior High School, Karnack, Trinity Episcopal School, Price T. Young Elementary School, Elysian Fields, Davy Crocket Elementary School and Sam Houston Elementary School.

“All area schools in the three districts of Marion, Harrison and Panola counties were invited to participate,” Hurley said.

The event is held annually with the help of the Noon Optimists Club of Marshall, who not only sponsor the event but also award a student the Noon Optimist Club award during the competition.

Additional awards include four recognitions in grades kindergarten through second grade, four additional awards for students in grades three through five, four additional awards for students in grades six through eight, and four final awards selected from ninth through twelfth grade students.

New this year is the 3D art category for the competition, according to Carol Hicks of the RMCA board. Two students submitted work for the new category, and both will be recognized with an award this year.

“This competition was one of those that had to be canceled due to COVID-19, so we are very happy to have it running again and to be able to support our local art students and teachers and recognize the work that they do,” Hurley said.

Student art will be on display at the Marshall Place Gallery, 1300 E. Pinecrest Drive for two weeks following Friday’s reception. Friday’s event is free and open to the public, with Hurley encouraging the community to get out and support local arts students.

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