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Spring coloring contest: An Easter basket full of beauty and hope

UPDATED: Mon., April 13, 2020

Hailey Colyar, 11, Spokane
Hailey Colyar, 11, Spokane

Wow, young artists. You all really sprang into action.

The Spokesman-Review received more than 230 entries in this year’s spring coloring contest, including one from Florida, some from Western Washington and a few from artists a few decades past the upper age limit.

And, there were so many good – no, great – eggs. There were spring scenes, a few nods to missing March Madness and several messages of hope during the coronavirus pandemic.

The judges had a tough time picking among the many egg-cellent works of art – especially while all staying in our own homes. But thanks to online photo albums, group chats and help from junior judges Eliza and Sylvie Manz, we did it.

In the 4 and younger category, the judges admired Monroe Webley’s boldly colorful egg – it almost looks as if it’s been dipped in dye. Monroe is 3 and lives in Cheney.

Spokane Valley’s Natasha Jay charmed with her springy pink-and-green color palette, and Spokane’s Lucas Koszczewski grabbed attention with his bedazzled blue egg. Natasha and Lucas are both 4.

In the 5 to 7 age group, Carter Hyslop tugged on the judges’ heartstrings with a heartfelt message. Carter is 6 and lives in Spokane.

Ava Durazo’s brightly colored egg reminded the judges of jelly beans, and John Smith’s rocket ship was out of this world. Ava lives in Spokane Valley, and John lives in Spokane. Both are 7.

In the 8 to 12 age group, the judges loved Nellie Goggin’s clever use of foil to decorate her egg. Nellie is 10 and lives in Otis Orchards.

Kallie Evers dressed her bunny for the times with an orange face mask. The 10-year-old lives in Loon Lake.

And 11-year-old Hailey Colyar, of Spokane, created an amazing 3D design with a chick cracking out of a decorated egg.

The winners will receive gift certificates to Mobius Spokane to be used at the children’s museum or science center.

Thanks to all the artists who entered. Most of the eggs are displayed in the windows of The Spokesman-Review building at 999 W. Riverside Ave. With most egg hunts canceled this year, you can hunt for your favorites there – just remember to practice social distancing.

Happy Easter, and, in Carter’s words: Stay safe, Spokane.

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