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Port Coquitlam's surrounding nature to inspire young kids through art workshop, contest

Wondrous Tree Fellowship is set to host a free art session in Lions Park this weekend.

Port Coquitlam's natural beauty can be seen everywhere, in which residents have admired for years.

Now, a local group is hoping to share the experience with children through their own creativity and imagination — and potentially win some prizes along the way.

Wondrous Tree Fellowship is hosting a month-long art contest for kids living across the Tri-Cities and is asking them to be inspired by the surrounding environment.

Interested participants aged 12 years and younger are asked to go outside, find a "sit-spot" and look around to find a muse. 

When their work is complete, they're asked to include a description in expressing their time creating art outdoors.

"Being in close proximity to nature relaxes us and provides positive outcomes for our mental and physical health," said Port Coquitlam Coun. Laura Dupont in a release provided to the Tri-City News about the contest.

To kickstart inspiration, Wondrous Tree Fellowship is set to host a free painting session on Sunday (May 1), 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Lions Park — located at 2300 Lions Way.

The deadline for the kids' spring nature art contest is June 5 with the winners set to be selected later that month.

"The team at Opus Art Supplies in Coquitlam is excited to support young artists in our community while also continuing the conversation on how our interactions with Nature can make a large impact on our art practice," adds Opus Art manager Katie Poetsch, who's company is set to give away art supplies to the winning artists.

For more information and to submit artwork with a brief description, you're encouraged to email [email protected]