• 3RD ANNUAL WRITING CONTEST:  This year, all entries will be based on the painting in the poster below. Entries may be a poem or piece of prose that are about the painting or the lady in the painting.  Please submit your entries to Kids Count Pediatrics by OCTOBER 6TH. The reading will take place OCTOBER 13TH. You have plenty of time to enter! So sharpen those pencils and let the creative juices flow. We hope you will join us this year. Please encourage your children to enter. Even if they don’t enter, the reading will be a great opportunity for them to hear other children express themselves. And it’s so much FUN!Want to find out more about portraiture? Check out these links: Teach Kids About Self-Portraits and National Portrait Gallery.

    Want to more about the painting? The portrait of the young lady was painted circa 1850s-1860s judging by her costume and hairstyle. The sitter and the artist are unknown.  However, the artist was academically trained and talented, capturing the character of this lady.  So one can place this portrait in the context of the period before and during the Civil War. The portrait might have been commissioned or the sitter might have been a friend or relative of the artist.