Norfolk young artist is among Top 10 in contest

Ten-year-old Shay Tank of Simcoe created this piece for A Big Picture, a contest allowing the children of Ontario to spread a message of hope. Submitted

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A young Norfolk County artist is among the Top 10 in the A Big Picture contest.

Shay Tank, 10, of Simcoe entered a piece titled Stand Together By Standing Apart in the contest.

The contest, being organized by Devron Developments in Toronto, challenged children across Ontario to create artwork showing hope during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tank’s piece shows frontline workers standing together to support the community in the fight against the coronavirus.

The winner of A Big Picture will have their art displayed on a billboard at 1140 Yonge St. in Toronto. The winner will be selected in a public online vote.

Contestants had the opportunity to select from a list of charities that are helping during the COVID-19 pandemic, who will receive a combined monetary donation of $50,000. The charities selected by the Top 3 winners will receive funds.

Tank’s charity of choice is Interval House, a shelter for abused women and children.

The Jarvis Community Christian School student said she felt that women and children facing abuse needed help, especially during COVID-19.

To vote for Tank’s piece you can visit, select vote, and scroll through the Top 10 entries.

One vote per household a day is allowed, and voting will end on May 17. The top three entries will be announced during the week of May 18.