Art meets Americana

Sunset by Laine Thomas, Gilbert Constitution Fair Best of Show winner

There was plenty of art on display at last month’s Constitution Fair in Gilbert, thanks to art contests calling for patriotic art by children and adults. “Best of Show” in the adult category went to Laine Thomas for the moving photograph picured above. Entries were judged by the Gilbert Visual Art League.

Jean Turner Smith with the League was heavily involved in the event and reports that another patriotic art contest is planned for next year’s fair. “People should start creating their artwork now for that show,” says Turner Smith. “It should be patriotically themed and no larger than 35 inches on any side.” As the date draws closer, applications will be available at

Metaphor by Deb Randall, Gilbert Constitution Fair Honorable Mention winner

The League is also working on an art event for the state centennial, which will pair high school art students with senior citizens who have lived all or most of their life in Gilbert. The seniors will describe what life was like for them as children, and the art students will create artworks inspired by these stories. The works will be exhibited next February as part of Gilbert’s Arizona centennial celebrations.

To learn more Arizona centennial activities around the state — including a tree project, penny drive and more — visit

— Lynn

Note: I’m happy to post winning children’s works. Parents can send them my way at

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