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azalea festThe best in area student artwork is now on display in the sixth annual N.C. Azalea Festival Children’s Art Contest.

The exhibit at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, which runs through April 30, showcases the top 50 contest entries from elementary and middle school divisions.

The competition is open to all elementary and middle grade students in public, private, charter and home schools.

The first-place entry in the elementary school category was created by Becki Girolami, a fifth-grader at Parsley. The winning middle school artist is eighth-grade student Max Brinker from Cape Fear Center for Inquiry.

This year saw a record number of submissions, with 343 students participating.

In addition to fabulous prize packages for the winners, the Thalian Association, which sponsors the event, gave each of the top 50 young artists a complimentary ticket to the children’s theater production of “Around the World: A Musical Revue.”

Artwork from the top entrants in each division can be viewed in the Hannah Block Community Gallery alongside work from emerging and established artists around the Cape Fear Region and the Orange Street Pottery Studio.
The Hannah Block center will also play host for the third time to the Wilmington Art Association Azalea Festival Juried Spring Art Show and Sale, set for Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12.

The historic USO building was the home of the opening ceremony for the first N.C. Azalea Festival in 1948.