Young Artists 'Dream Of Peace'

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If you haven't bought your holiday cards yet, maybe you should check out those created by two budding young artists - Renuka Chandani Lovett and Nicholas Rakestraw.

Both are the winners of UNICEF's 2002 "Children's Dream of Peace" greeting card contest. They joined The Saturday Early Show to display their art.

The two children's interpretations of the theme, "Dream of Peace," were selected from thousands of entries. This year's contest was aimed at encouraging American children to express themselves in light of the impact of recent world events. For more than 11 years, the card contest has highlighted the extraordinary potential of children across the country.

Renuka Chandani Lovett's creation, she says, depicts a little girl putting the finishing touch on a brilliant candle tree that will carry her hopes for peace to all corners of the earth. The 8 year old girl, from Lagunitas, California, won in the eight-to-13-year-old category of the competition. The design created by Nicholas Rakestraw, age 7, is a happy patchwork quilt of peace in which to blanket the world. He won in the seven-and-under category.

The 2003 contest will be based on the same theme for a second straight year.

This year's holiday cards will be sold at Pier 1 Imports stores and online at Pier1.com and the proceeds will be going to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
  • Rome Neal

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