The Henderson County Library is hosting the Vincent Van Gogh Art contest Monday June 24 to June 28. Contestants from three age groups submitted a Van Gogh-inspired piece in the style of Post/Neoimpressionism or Pointillism.  The age groups range from 5 to 17 years old. A panel of judges are evaluating the pieces this week on theme, creativity, perspective, unity and execution. The winners from each age group will receive a prize.

Renotta Mayo, the library's assistant director, started the contest last fall and was amazed with the artwork submitted.  

“I love to see children paint.” she said. Library patrons were amazed at the pieces they were seeing from such young artists.

Mayo was inspired after a visit to a Van Gogh exhibit in Houston and wanted to offer a themed contest in his style to coordinate with a Starry Night event.

“I love Vincent Van Gogh, he speaks to my soul.” Mayo said.  “His art is chaotically beautiful, I love the movement in his paintings.  You can see the clouds moving and hear the peaceful night.”

Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch painter from the late 1800s. His work was not very appreciated during his lifetime which was very turbulent. He produced over 2,000 pieces, his best work many believe to be created in his last two years. He has become a significant artist in laying the foundation of modern art, and one of the most famous in history. Van Gogh only sold one painting reportedly in his lifetime.

Please come by and view the art work during library hours 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The artwork will be up through August 1.