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Little artist wins big

Kaity Mercer of Nanoose Bay, 7, earned a top-three finish in the National Forest Week art contest for B.C. children. - J.R. Rardon photo
Kaity Mercer of Nanoose Bay, 7, earned a top-three finish in the National Forest Week art contest for B.C. children.
— image credit: J.R. Rardon photo

A seven-year-old Nanoose Bay girl has been selected as one of nine winners province-wide in the National Forest Week art contest, the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals (ABCFP) announced this week.

Kaity Mercer, a Grade 2 student at Nanoose Bay Elementary, was selected runner-up in age 6-8 category for her colourful crayon portrayal of a forest scene. It features towering Douglas fir and pine trees, smaller saplings and underbrush, rocks with moss and birds, all under a smiling sun.

“I used gel pens, markers and crayon,” said Mercer, who takes art lessons after school as well as dancing.

Mercer’s piece and those of the other eight finalists will be published in the ABCFP’s magazine.

The art contest, now in its eighth year, is launched during National Forest Week as a way to help children learn about and celebrate the forests.

­— NEWS Staff

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