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Finalists' designs, as well as a selection of nine other entries, will be on display at the Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., through December. Additional artists chosen for exhibition are Abi Austin, Halle Walthour, Alec Truesdell, Sydney Brown, Emily Rye, Jacob Ciliento, Ashtyn Massengale, Caroline Bailey and M. Smith.
Natalie Jump, 11, of Rabun Gap, Ga., is the winner of the Times Free Press Wrapping Paper Design Contest for 2011.
Today's newspaper contains a sheet of wrapping paper printed with Natalie's design, which features a red background with white snowflakes, yellow stars, green trees and blue swirls with hints of glitter.
Judges called her design "lovely" and "sophisticated," noting her excellent use of scale and inventive color combinations.
"I wanted it to be colorful and to look like Christmas," said Natalie, a fifth-grader at Rabun County Elementary School. "And I also wanted it to look like nature with snowflakes, stars and trees."
Natalie, who takes art lessons, said she learned about the contest from her grandmother, Norma Witherspoon, of Signal Mountain. Her parents, Stuart and Alice Jump, are natives of Signal Mountain, and her paternal grandparents, Frank and Dorothy Jump, still live there.
Natalie wins an arts package and a goody bag from contest co-sponsors Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga and Chattanooga's Kids on the Block along with a cash prize of $25. Representatives of Kids on the Block will use wrapping paper with Natalie's winning design to wrap gifts at Hamilton Place mall Dec. 7-24.
Hundreds of contest entries adorn 13 glass walls in the Times Free Press newsroom. Winners were chosen by the newspaper's design staff and representatives of Chattanooga's arts community.
Sallie Maria Rawlston, of Daisy Elementary, was first runner-up with a brush painting of pine branches and berries that the judges called "elegant."
Other young finalists featured on today's wrapping-paper insert:
• Ella Webb, 7, of Thrasher Elementary, who submitted a red and green flower design.
• McCallie Adams, 10, of Silverdale Baptist, who drew a series of complicated designs that included peppermints, Christmas trees and Santa's hand grabbing a cookie.
• Kurt Wittler, 10, of St. Jude, who used red construction-paper trees on a green background.
• Natalie Scruggs, of Boyd-Buchanan, who created a forest of yellow and green striped trees on a blaze-red background.
Mark Kennedy is a Times Free Press columnist and editor. He writes the "LIfe Stories" human interest column for the City section and the "Family Life" column for the Life section. He also writes an automotive column, “Test Drive,” for the Business section. For 13 years, Kennedy was features editor of the newspaper, and before that he was the newspaper’s first Sunday editor. The Times Free Press Life section won the state press award for ...