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Artist Vielka Gonzalez wins JM contest; work selected for JMArts holiday cards

SILER CITY — Vielka Gonzalez, a senior at Jordan-Matthews High School, was named winner of the school’s third-annual holiday card art contest during an announcement made Oct. 21 at the school’s 2021 Fall Showcase concert.

Her painting, “Arctic,” will appear on holiday cards sold by JMArts, the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, to raise money for JM artists. Gonzalez received an award certificate and $100 for the rights to reproduce her work.

Holiday cards feature the painting on the front with a blank area inside for personal messages. The back lists the name of the artist and her work, along with a very short artist statement about the painting.

“I’m delighted with Vielka’s charming painting and I know this card will have broad appeal,” said JMArts President Rose Pate. "She’s done a wonderful job with what is essentially a commercial art challenge.”

Preorders for JMArts holiday cards will be accepted online at starting Nov. 1. Cards will be sold online in packets of 15 cards and 17 envelopes for $15, a price that also includes domestic shipping. The domain forwards to a Google form, where you can place your order and pay online with a credit card or through the mail by cash or check.

Cards also will be on sale soon after that for $12 per packet, cash or check only, at Jordan-Matthews High School. Other retail locations will be announced soon on JMArts social media.

More information about JMArts, including a schedule of upcoming arts events and information on membership, is available online at