Pictured is Holly Carr's colouring page which is part of the youth art contest sponsored by the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia.

HALIFAX: The Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia is excited to announce an art contest specifically for the Youth of Nova Scotia.

“We want you to show us what you love about living in and visiting rural Nova Scotia through art!” says Eirinn Fraser, director of fund development, engagement and communications.

Nova Scotia youth aged 2-15 are encouraged to submit an original piece of artwork 8-feet by 12-feet. Various mediums can be used: crayons, charcoal, pencil, pencil crayons, ink, markers, pastels, water colours, acrylic and oil paints. A special downloadable colouring page by artist Holly Carr is available as an alternative.

There are three age categories for the art contest: ages three to six have an opportunity to win a $25 cash prize, ages seven to 10 a $50 cash prize and ages 11 to 15 a $75 cash prize.

Original artworks should be mailed to the RCFofNS Youth Art Contest, P.O. Box 1516, Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N 5V2. Entries must be postmarked no later than August 3. Please provide a name, age, e-mail, phone number and return address. Share submissions on social media and use the hashtag #rcfofns. Visit the RCFofNS Web site for more information at: www.rcfofns.com/contest/.

The first 200 young artists to contribute their art will receive certificates of appreciation from Premier Stephen McNeil. The certificates are in recognition of the contribution of youth, who are encouraged to make Nova Scotia beautiful through art during this pandemic.

RCFofNS is grateful to the following local businesses and artists for their generous donations and support of our Youth Art Contest: Farmer’s Daughter Country Market, Peace By Chocolate, Lisa Young Lee, Jampy, Maple Signs and Engraving, Nova Scotia Real Estate Association, NSAR, Braden Press, Holly Carr, Terri M. Roberts, Shelayne Hanson, and the Government of Nova Scotia. Thanks to Nina and Beth Tubman, aged 12 and 11, of Inverness for donating their artwork to assist in the promotion of this contest. Thanks to Joe Grimshaw for donating his time and service in RCFofNS’s rebranding, and to the reigning Miss World Canada, Naomi Colford of Cape Breton for making a promotional video for the RCFofNS Youth Art Contest.

The Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia is proud of the province’s young leaders.

“We know that you are doing your part for all Nova Scotians by keeping our elderly and vulnerable citizens safe by following Doctor Strang’s protocols during the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” says Jean Ward, RCFofNS Chair.