Young local artists take pride of place on Texaco calendar

by Padraig Conlon

Artwork by two award-winning young local artists is set to appear in a new calendar.

Art created by 8-year-old student Marianne Barrett, from Scoil Mhuire Girls’ National School, Lucan, has been chosen to illustrate the 2020 Texaco Children’s Art Competition Calendar.

One of 13 chosen to illustrate the publication, Marianne’s piece, entitled ‘Daisy’, will appear during the month of March and will be seen in thousands of homes throughout Ireland in 2020.

Winning a Special Merit Award in the 7-8 years age category of the 2019 competition, it was one of a number said by a competition adjudicator to perfectly reflect the sheer talent and skill that many young people in Ireland possess and the essential role played by schools who encourage and inspire their students through art education.

Fifteen-year old student Emma Hinde from St Columba’s College, Whitechurch, has also had her artwork chosen to illustrate the Calendar.

Emma’s piece, entitled ‘Summer Holidays’, will appear during the month of July, having won her a Special Merit Award in the 14-15 years age category of this year’s competition.

Calendars are currently available through a select number of Texaco service stations and Texaco branded distributors countrywide and through Texoil, Valero’s own home-heating oil division.

The Texaco Children’s Art Competition is an Irish institution since first being launched all the way back in 1955.

Down the years it’s had some very distinguished past winners whose early interest in art and the arts may well have been encouraged by their participation in the Competition.

These include artists Dorothy Cross, Graham Knuttel and Robert Ballagh, fashion designer Paul Costello, broadcasters Thelma Mansfield and Terry Prone, ICTU General Secretary David Begg, novelist Clare Boylan, actress Jean Anne Crowley and musician Ethna Tinney.

In addition, one can only imagine the countless other winners whose early love of art was fostered by this Competition and who still reflect this warmth in their daily lives as adults, parents and teachers.

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