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Welcome to the O'Neal Library's 2023 Virtual Gallery!

The O'Neal Library in Mountain Brook hosts a Creativity Contest every summer for teens rising to grades 7-12 and recent high school graduates. Seven teens in the Greater Birmingham Area entered in our 2023 Teen Creativity Contest. We hope you enjoy their efforts and talents in this virtual gallery. The gallery features creative writing, paintings, sculptures, digital art, and even a video game! Click on any of the images in the gallery for a closer look at the project. Use the Return Arrow at the top left of the screen to continue enjoying the gallery.

Help us choose the winners of each category! You may vote for your favorite project(s) ONCE. Voting will close on Wed, July 26 at 6PM. The voting form is located at the bottom of the screen. Winners will be announced on July 27th. If you have any questions, please email

Creative Writing

Semper Altior, Semper Simul:

Always Higher, Always Together

Poem written by Colin Cordova, Grade 9

"I created a poem, originally for Axiom Space's Space Art Contest, but now I want to share it with others."

Click on the poem to appreciate it full screen.

Beni and Rose

Short story written by Millie Galley, Grade 8

"[This story] is a short dramatic romance crafted from the legends of Romeo and Juliet and Bonnie and Clyde."

Click on the cover art to read the short story.

Eclectic Artwork

Sunset Isles

Digital artwork by Hunter Morris, Grade 10

Created on Blender.

Click on the image to appreciate it full screen.

Break Things

Video game by Elliott Wiliams, Grade 10

Inspired by the arcade game Breakout by Atari.

Click on the image to play the game.

Visual Art


Sculpture by Bradley Elisabeth Harris, Grade 8

"Reepicheep is my favorite Narnia character, and [he] is in my favorite Narnia book, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader!"

Click on the image to learn about the creative process.

The Superpowers of Someone with Autism and Disabilities

Painting by Emma Hall, Grade 10

Click on the image to appreciate it full screen.

Unicorn in the Mountains

Multimedia art by Emily Hare, Grade 7

Click on the image to appreciate it full screen.