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Art in the Heart Gallery in Downtown Kingsport Calls for Patriotic Art from Young Artists!


Art in the Heart Gallery located in Downtown Kingsport announces a patriotic art contest for children aged 5 through 18. The theme for this year’s contest is “Uncle Sam”. All forms of 2 or 3 dimensional art will be accepted into the art show, which will be displayed in the gallery’s window for the month of July, along with the artwork of gallery artists.

Kingsport artist and educator Patti Lawrence, who is also the window designer for the gallery, came up with the idea from a fond memory of her childhood. “In 1976, during the country’s bicentennial, my home town did a patriotic fire hydrant painting contest for kids. Everyone was encouraged to paint their assigned hydrant to resemble a person from U.S. history. There were Betsy Ross’s, George Washington’s, Lincoln’s and plenty of Uncle Sam’s. My Uncle Sam fire hydrant came in second place for the whole city!”

Young artists are encouraged to be as creative as they can and to really make their Uncle Sam unique. Kids can use whatever media they want, but the final piece must be original and not copied or made from a kit. Paintings, drawings, collage, mixed media, and assemblage can be entered. Entries will be judged on originality. There will be prizes in 3 age groups: 5-8, 9-13 and 14-18. All entries should be delivered to Art in the Heart Gallery, 246 Broad St. on or before Friday, June 30th . Late entries will not be accepted. For more information, you may contact Patti at or call the gallery at 423-480-9702.