Student stands in front of art display while showing her award certificate

HPS third-grader Mirabelle Hines won first place in the “Best Mixed Medium” category among entrants in grades K-5 for a painting she created and entered in a contest this summer sponsored by the Holyoke Preservation Trust to celebrate Holyoke’s 150th anniversary.

Mirabelle, now a third grader at E.N. White School, began working on her painting as second-grade student enrolled in the Dual Language program at Metcalf School last spring. 

Holyoke Preservation Trust—a non-profit organization working to preserve Holyoke’s historic architectural heritage for present and future generations—sponsored the “Looking Back and Looking Forward” contest that was open to all local artists.

Mirabelle received a first place blue ribbon, a certificate of appreciation from the Holyoke Preservation Trust, and cash prize of $100 on Sunday, September 17 for her painting called “Holyoke Makes One.” 

“It’s about Holyoke, the birthplace of volleyball, the Connecticut river, peace, and Mt. Tom,” Mirabelle said, describing her painting. “It is also about Joseph Metcalf School. It’s a wonderful school.”

All winning entries will be on display through October 30 at the visitor center at Holyoke Heritage State Park, 221 Appleton Street, open daily from noon-4 p.m. Check out Explore Holyoke for other upcoming events.