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Peace poster contest entries to be displayed during Amherst ArtWalk

An illustration depicting doves and a heart, created by a sixth-grader at Wildwood School, will represent the community in a worldwide “Imagine Peace” contest put on by Lions International.

The poster made by William Kowaleski was selected from 140 entries submitted for the local portion of the contest, sponsored by the Amherst Lions Club.

“I’m so proud that we were able to provide these children with the opportunity to share their visions worldwide,” said Todd Cromack, president of the Amherst Lions Club.

William’s winning entry, along with the other pieces completed under the instruction of Wildwood art teacher Julie Rivera, will be displayed as part of a poster exhibit and fundraiser to be held Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bangs Community Center.

Mariaelena Garcia, chairwoman of the poster contest, said the hope is to have a raffle and sale of “Imagine Peace” items, while children talk about the ideas included in their artwork.

“I think it will be a wonderful event,” Garcia said.

The opening coincides with the monthly ArtWalk and the posters will remain on display for a week, Garcia said. Any money raised will help support both arts in Amherst, especially at Wildwood, and Lions Club service projects in the community, she said

William’s poster was chosen by members of the Lions Club and guest judge State Rep. Ellen Story. The entry will advance to a similar district competition and then, if successful there, to the full international contest. There it would compete for a $2,500 grand prize and opportunity for the winner to travel, with two family members, to the United Nations. An additional 23 winners will earn $500 merit prizes.

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