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Thirteen-year-old Gabriele Hanstein, Scranton, said she was not familiar with Marley's Mission until her grandmother showed her a newspaper that contained information regarding the mission's 2011 art contest.

It just seemed like a lot of fun when my grandmother showed it to me in the paper, said Hanstein, a seventh grade student at St. Paul's School, Scranton.

She entered the contest and was voted the 2011 People's Choice Award winner. Her winning entry was a drawing of a horse using colored pencils, watercolor and ink as her mediums, and she found her inspiration for her drawing from a photograph taken by her father, Fred Hanstein.

According to Nicole Severs, Marley's Mission Blue Ribbon Gala Art Committee co-chair, the theme of the Second Annual art contest is What Does a Forever Home Mean to You? reflecting the fact that Marley's Mission has just purchased 32 acres of land in Newton Township and will serve as the forever home for the Mission. All entries for the art contest must be postmarked and/or received by Dec. 3. The contest is open to children kindergarten through 12th grade from across the United States.

Severs added, In my opinion, the Art Contest allows children across the country to be a part of something so incredibly life changing in our community. In art, there is no ‘right or wrong,' it's a personal connection felt by the heart. By participating in the Art Contest, participants have a means to express themselves. Marley's Mission is all about the children and the Art Contest allows us to give children an opportunity to make a difference in the world by raising awareness and supporting such an important organization.

Courtenay Degnon, Marley's Mission Blue Ribbon Gala Art Committee co-chair added, I was so honored to be asked to be a co-chair for this year's art contest and centerpiece project for Marley's Mission's 2013 Blue Ribbon Gala. The pieces that were displayed at Starbucks in Scranton last December, as well as the centerpieces that were on display at the gala in February, were magnificent. My hope is that each parent or teacher, while working with their children, shares with them an age appropriate piece of information about what Marley's Mission is and how they help children. I can definitely see the future through our children's eyes. I know that their artwork will inspire many to learn more about this amazing organization and hopefully inspire them to help out so that many children can have a brighter future.

The public will have an opportunity to vote for a People's Choice Winner at the First Friday event at Starbucks, in the Steamtown Mall Dec. 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Severs noted that supporters can come and cast their vote for a $1 with all proceeds going directly to the mission to help children who have suffered abuse and/or trauma.

The Third Annual Marley's Mission Blue Ribbon Gala is on the calendar for Feb. 16, 2013. For more information regarding the art contest, contact art@marleysmission.com with questions or visit marleysmission.com/gala-art/ for guidelines and entry forms.

Want to enter the art contest?

According to Nicole Severs, Co-Chair Art Committee Marley's Mission Blue Ribbon Gala, the art contest guidelines are as follows:

* Children should illustrate their interpretation of this year's theme on a

8.5 by 11-inch sheet of white paper. White cardstock is acceptable, but not construction or lined paper.

* The illustration must be depicted horizontally.

* Children can use crayons, pastels, markers, Tempera or watercolor paints. NO lead or colored pencils;

* Artwork must be the child's own creation;

* Tracings and direct copies of other art cannot be considered;

Once submitted, all entries will become property of Marley's Mission. By submitting the artwork, permission is granted to Marley's Mission to produce and reproduce the artwork as well as the child's first initial and last name and child's age.

All entries must be postmarked and/or received by Mon., Dec. 3.


* Use eye -catching color. Bolder colors reproduce well. Light -colored artwork will not show up if reproduced in the future.

* Be careful with erase marks and pencil outlines.

* Fill up the page and be careful not to have the drawing get too close to the edges of the paper.

* Make sure facial features on people and animals are bold so they will reproduce well, if they are reproduced in the future.

* Be creative! Make it your own. There is no right or wrong with your interpretation of what the theme means to you.

Art contest information and forms to be completed and taped to the back of each child's entry can be found at marleysmission.com under the Blue Ribbon Gala link and clicking on the 2012-2013 Art Contest tab.

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