In the beginning there was a trickle of coloring pages—then a flood. Some had the large sweeping crayon and marker strokes of toddlers while others were carefully shaded and blended. Some arrived in bulk from coloring nights at libraries, some came by email, and others with our local postal carrier. We taped the entries to the walls until our fingers were sticky. Each lunch time brought discussions about favorites. After all, the five winners would receive a copy of Blue Butterfields, Coloring Maine and coloring pencils.
We posted about the influx on our Islandport Instagram. We posted a panorama of the entries on our Facebook page. (If you click below, you'll see the picture on Facebook where you can use your mouse to navigate around our break room and see all three walls of entries! On a cell phone, just turn the phone and you can look at all three walls.)
In the end, everyone in the office had five votes and the winners were clear. A new copy of Coloring Maine and coloring pencils are on the way to the winners! Congratulations go to (in ABC order by first name):
Thank you to all who entered this most successful contest. Click now to purchase a copy of the best selling Coloring Maine and keep on coloring!
Blue Butterfield, the creator behind Coloring Maine is a woodblock print artist who grew up in Bar Harbor and currently resides in Portland, Maine. She graduated from Bowdoin College and received her Masters in Health Professions from Northeastern University. When she is not carving wood, she practices medicine as a physician assistant at Maine Medical Center. She is the illustrator of the classic book, Christmas in Maine, written by Robert P. T. Coffin, and is the creator of a popular calendar "A Year in Maine," which she has produced annually since 2006. She has works in permanent collections in institutions across Maine. In addition to creating art and working in the medical field, Butterfield also enjoys running, participating in “absurd athletic competitions,” and cooking vegan meals.