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Kids put hearts into contest

Thu., Feb. 13, 2014, midnight

We asked. The kids answered. A total of 141 young artists entered The Spokesman-Review’s annual Valentine’s Day coloring contest, forcing our judges to make some tough decisions. And decide they did.

In the 4 and younger category, Caleb Farnsworth, 4, of Mead, earned wows for his creative and symmetrical use of sparkles. Nellie Goggin, 4, of Otis Orchards, submitted a pleasing heart that judges loved for its sparkles and layering. Four-year-old Brooklyn Bellinger, of Spokane, showed great control and was praised for her creative and colorful artwork.

Among the young artists ages 5 to 8, Christopher Roe, 7, of Spokane Valley, created a crafty collage, complete with a Sweethearts box. Spencer Cerenzia, a 7-year-old from Spokane, had fun with mixed media, incorporating sparkles, glitter glue and papier-mâché in her heart. Irelynd Basso, 7, of Spokane Valley, won hearts with a collage built on the theme of “Things I love.”

In the 9 to 12 category, Taylor Zehetmin, 11, of Spokane, earned praise for her well-executed floral design. Leah Kunz, 12, of Medical Lake, crafted a papier-mâché heart with a lace border, then added a special touch with gold lettering in her name. And Samantha Etter, 12, of Spokane Valley, won over the judges with her creative and whimsical cat and mouse valentine.

The winners earn gift certificates for Mobius Science Center or Mobius Children’s Museum, and most entries are on display at Mobius Children’s Museum, in the lower level of River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave.

– Carolyn Lamberson

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