Cupid has lots of help this year.
More than 300 Inland Northwest children entered this year’s Valentine’s Day coloring contest. And, boy, did the judges feel the love.
In the 0 to 4 age group, there was lots of color.
Sullivan Stroyan, 2, used a palette of neon paints, while Mia Gutierrez, 4, used crayons, butterfly stickers and just a hint of glitter to decorate her heart. Grace Blair, 4, used watercolors, glitter and heart-shaped foam stickers that spell out her name.
Sullivan lives in Chattaroy, Mia in Spokane and Grace in Mead.
In the 5-8 category, the winners included two collages and two siblings.
Anna Gimlett used pretty shades of torn construction paper, lace and googly eyes to create a darling heart face. Anna is 8 and lives in Spokane.
The Sharpe brothers both themed their hearts. Eight-year-old Kash used photocopies of paper bills – perhaps inspired by his own name – and wrote “Money cannot buy you love!!” above his collage. Six-year-old Knox wrote “Family is everything” above a picture of Grogu (aka Baby Yoda or the Child). Kash and Knox live in Spokane Valley.
In the 9 to 12 age group, Olive Utley showed her love of Spokane with beautifully drawn downtown landmarks. Olive is 12 and lives in Mead.
Eleven-year-old Molly Markham’s mask-wearing heart is timely and fun, with cheerful colors and design. And Laura Sheikh, 12, wowed judges with her embroidered heart featuring a variety of stitches. Molly and Laura live in Spokane.
The winners will receive gift certificates to Mobius Discovery Center.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a heart. All of the entries will be displayed in the lobby windows at The Spokesman-Review, 999 W. Riverside Ave., through the end of the month.
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