Kelly Chen – One of 90 U.S. Finalists in 2014 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

My Space Car by Kelly Chen

My Space Car by Kelly Chen

When she was four years old, Kelly Chen loved drawing on her parents’ walls, doors and tabletops. Sensing her daughter’s creative future, with an eye toward protecting their furniture, Kim Goi bought some coloring books and unlocked a world of imagination for her budding artist.

Now, at 11 years old, Kelly is one of 22 young people whose artwork, “My Space Car,” is on display at the ArtCentre of Plano, Texas. Kelly was among the 2014 U.S. finalists of the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest.

Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen

The Lewisville resident, a student at Castle Hills Elementary, has long dreamed of driving around in space with friends and family. She imagines it would be as fun as driving across the country exploring all the unique places.

“I like drawing because it can help me convert my imagination into a piece of art,” Kelly said.

For “My Space Car,” Kelly depicted large-windowed vehicles where people could scope out the scenery as well as enjoy themselves inside by watching movies – complete with a popcorn machine –  playing music, singing and dancing. The young artist also thinks it’d be pretty cool to meet some aliens and share her Toyota space car with them.

Kelly’s piece will be on display at ArtCentre of Plano through Saturday, Jan. 29, 2016. This year marks the 10th time that the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest has been presented worldwide. It is in its fifth year in the United States.

There’s still time for youth to enter next year’s contest. Now through Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, U.S. children, ages 4-15 may submit their hand-drawn artworks featuring unique concepts of their “Dream Car.” Applicants will be sorted into three age categories: 4-7, 8-11 and 12-15 years. Judging is based on execution of concept, uniqueness and artistry.

— story written and contributed bDonna Evans