Mineral girl places in coop’s youth art contest

Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am

Lexi Vonetes holds the July issue of Cooperative Living where her artwork is shown as the third place winner in the second grade class of the 2014 Youth Art contest held each year by Rappahannock Electric.

Lexi Vonetes holds the July issue of Cooperative Living where her artwork is shown as the third place winner in the second grade class of the 2014 Youth Art contest held each year by Rappahannock Electric.

Eight-year-old Lexi Vonetes of Mineral recently won third place in the second grade division of the 12th annual 2014 Youth Art contest sponsored by Cooperative Living magazine published by Rappahannock Electric Cooperative.

In the magazine’s July issue, Lexi’s artwork was among the top 18 works of art displayed.

Lexi Vonetes award-winning drawing that appeared in the July issue of Cooperative Living magazine.

Lexi Vonetes award-winning drawing that appeared in the July issue of Cooperative Living magazine.

Students from kindergarten through fifth grade across Virginia were invited to submit their artwork illustrating the theme “Here’s How I Help Other People.”

Lexi’s artwork portrayed her helping her dad in the garden, while three horses and a dog watched nearby. She titled the work “I help my dad in the garden.”

Entries were blind-judged by the staff of the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.

“We had more than 250 entries total, a record for the contest,” Mary Howell, REC’s manager of member and public relations said.

With the help of her mother, Lexi mailed in her entry for the contest.

“I was excited,” Lexi’s mom, Melody, said.

When the magazine was published and mailed to the Vonetes’ house, Lexi and Melody asked Lexi’s father, George, to look through the magazine and see if he saw anything interesting.

It took a second look before he actually noticed his daughter’s artwork published inside.

“Oh my goodness that [was] awesome, and it was really good,” George said.

Lexi has a love of horses. It is one of her favorite animals, and she uses her equestrian appreciation in a lot of her artwork.

“I really like drawing. Its one of my favorite things to do,” Lexi said.

To read the entire story, see the Aug. 14 edition of The Central Virginian.

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