With nearly 300 hearts decorated by area children, The Spokesman-Review’s annual Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest offered a little something for everyone.
There were cute puppies, creative use of Cheerios – and what appeared to be Corn Flakes – and plenty of glitter. Plenty. Of. Glitter.
It was difficult for our panel of judges to choose the best decorated hearts.
In the 4 and younger category, the winners are Sydney Day, 4, of Cheney; Eva Krebs, 2, of Spokane, and Chloe Hammond, 4, of Davenport, Wash.
Sydney was praised for personalizing her heart, with her handprints. Eva, meanwhile, had a blast with stickers for a result that judges praised for its randomness and fun. Chloe added some lovely touches to her heart, with a couple of darling flowers.
Among those ages 5 to 8, works by Abby McGinn, 5, of Spokane; Emily Brick, 7, of Spokane; and Charli Thomas, 6, of Spokane Valley, stood out.
Charli’s mother described her daughter as someone who loved art, and it showed in her clever heart, which depicted the Clocktower and Pavilion in Riverfront Park. Abby’s abstract art drew praise for her intricacy, and her good restraint in use of glitter. Emily’s heart was simply fun, with googly eyes and all.
Judges had a more difficult time selecting the winners among those ages 9 and older. Ultimately, they selected hearts by Natalie Scott, 9, of Clayton, Wash.; Isaiah Lindsley, 8, of Fairfield; and Isaac Helt, 9, of Elk.
Isaac’s heart drew attention for the woven pattern and close attention to detail. Natalie’s abstract hearts in a heart work was creative and groovy. Isaiah drew praise for his cleanly colored heart that featured a good use of color.
The winners earn gift certificates for Mobius Science Center or Mobius Kids, and most entries are on display at Mobius Kids, in the lower level of River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave.