A painting by six-year old Mayo student Emily Walsh, a pupil at Castlebar Art School, has been chosen to illustrate a 2014 calendar published to mark the 60th anniversary the Texaco Children’s Art Competition which occurs next year.
Her work, which will brighten up thousands of homes across Ireland during the month of December, is one of 20 selected to illustrate the publication. Entitled Imagination Land, it is a colourful winter study that a competition adjudicator said “so perfectly portrays the magical month of December and the beauty of a child’s imagination.”
Last year, Emily won a Special Merit Award in the competition. Being distributed through Texaco service stations, the full colour, page-per-month calendar is first of a series of undertakings planned by Texaco to mark an event that ranks as Ireland’s longest running sponsorship. Launched in the mid-50s, the Texaco children’s art competition has been held annually ever since during which time it is believed to have touched the lives of virtually every family in Ireland.