Mitten Coloring Contest: A Penguin, Pavilion at Riverfront and the Zags


This year’s mitten coloring contest spread the holiday cheer, and The Spokesman-Review judges were in awe of the animal-adorned mittens, the Pavilion at Riverfront, the Zags fandom and more.

In the 4 and under age group, creativity and color dominated the day.

Kein Jenkin, 4, of Spokane Valley, who also won the pumpkin coloring contest in October, was praised for her beautiful palette of wintery pastels and inspiration for the Christmas spirit.

Raelynn Barbero, 4, from Spokane Valley incorporated a super cute cat in a creative use of the mitten.

Grace Blair, 4, from Mead used materials that made her mitten really stand out. It was very Christmas and used fun elements and details including a snowman and sleigh.

In the 5-8 year old age group, children opted for whimsy and personality.

Gianna Murray, 7, of Deer Park stepped into a very cute and whimsical mitten which she transformed into a penguin wearing a bow tie / ribbon. She also had fun using mixed media, including 3D snowflakes.

8-year-old Katherine Newton from Spokane painted a scene with fun detail, a unique drawing style and lots of personality that shone brightly.

7-year-old Norah Toth from Spokane made great use of an unconventional Christmas palette and excellent workmanship with neat details. The general appearance was beautiful stained glass windows.

And in the 9 to 12 age group, the kids praised Spokane and the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

Connor DeBord, 12, of Burbank, Wash., Did a great job mixing the Zags with Christmas. Festive and sporty details included a mitten outline, a cane-inspired cuff, and a flaming hot basket.

Indiana Elkins, 11, of Spokane went for the epitome of Spokane with the Pavilion at Riverfront in sequins in her mitt.

And 12-year-old Mae Miller from Spokane created an abstract collage that was vibrant and pretty, and was reminiscent of a cozy quilt.

This year’s nine winners will receive gift certificates at the Mobius Discovery Center.

Thank you to everyone who put on their mittens – they kept the judges warm, happy and bright! All entries will be displayed in the lobby windows of The Spokesman-Review, 999 W. Riverside Ave., for a few weeks.

Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!


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