Lincoln student’s artwork to be 2017 Christmas card design for Huntington

Mayor Brooks Fetters poses with second-grader Taylor Mooney on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Lincoln Elementary School upon announcing that her artwork was selected by the LaFontaine Arts Council as the winning entry in his annual Christmas card art contest. Mooney’s art serves as the cover for the 2017 City of Huntington Christmas card.
Mayor Brooks Fetters poses with second-grader Taylor Mooney on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Lincoln Elementary School upon announcing that her artwork was selected by the LaFontaine Arts Council as the winning entry in his annual Christmas card art contest. Mooney’s art serves as the cover for the 2017 City of Huntington Christmas card. Photo by Steve Clark.

Christmas artwork from local first and second-graders currently adorns the walls of the Huntington City Building.

While it’s an honor for the students to have their creations displayed in one of Huntington’s most prominent buildings, one piece of art from that number also has the special distinction of having been selected as the cover for the 2017 City of Huntington Christmas card.

This year, that honor belongs to Lincoln Elementary School student Taylor Mooney. The second-grader’s design was selected from a pool of approximately 400 entries as the winner of Mayor Brooks Fetters’ annual Christmas card art contest.

The entries in this year’s contest came from first and second-graders at Lincoln, Flint Springs Elementary School and Huntington Catholic School. Students produced the art in the fall and the judging process got underway in early November.

The LaFontaine Arts Council combed through the many entries and determined the winner.

Mooney’s teacher, Emilee Green, had her 16 students use their hands as the basis for their submissions. Mooney transformed the fingers of her traced hand into kindly snowmen, each outfitted with colorful hats and scarves.

Fetters arrived at Lincoln on Thursday morning, Dec. 7, to inform Mooney that her entry had been selected as the winner.
Green says she isn’t surprised that Mooney’s art was chosen to grace the city’s Christmas card, praising her as a “perfectionist” when it comes to art assignments.

Three hundred Christmas cards bearing Mooney’s design were printed up; Fetters estimated that they would be in the mail to their recipients by Dec. 8.

Other students who entered the contest, in addition to having their artwork displayed in the city building, received participation certificates from the mayor.

In the end, Fetters found this year’s contest to be another satisfying experience.

“It’s just a great way to get kids engaged,” he says, “sharing their artistic ability and doing something special for the community.”