Three-Year-Old Fulton County Artist Wins Contest At Museum
In May 2009, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown, Md., held its annual benefactors reception. This elegant evening was to thank museum donors benefactors who contributed to the museum during the past year. The theme of this year's event was "Children's Art Education" and focused on the museum's own School For the Arts, offering classes year-round for adults and children ages 2 and up.
To get the art students involved, the museum offered a contest. The winning artwork, selected by the museum's board of trustees, would become the artwork on the invitation to this special event. The museum board selected "My Picasso," a watercolor work by Cara Bishop of Warfordsburg. The board members were thrilled to find out that Bishop, the youngest student to enter the competition, was only 2 years old when she produced the work. Cara and her family visited the museum in late May when she received her award and a gift certificate for Museum Art School Classes. Melissa Gibson, the instructor for the museum's "Little Illustrators" class that Cara had participated in, was present while museum educator Amy Hunt presented the award. Bishop has also taken classes at the museum with Allison Weaver.
Bishop's artwork was on view, alongside other contest participants, in the museum's front corridor during the benefactors reception and was greatly admired by all of the guests.
Thanks to the generosity of William and Anna Singer, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts opened on September 16, 1931, as the focal point of Hagerstown's beautiful City Park. The museum specializes in 19th and 20th century American art and holds more than 6,000 pieces in its permanent collection. This "crown jewel of Washington County" has been recognized as one of the finest small museums in the United States. The museum offers complimentary studio art courses, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions from its permanent collection and traveling shows. For more information on the museum, please phone 301- 739-5727 or visit www.wcmfa.org. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.