The holidays don't look the same this year, but one thing remains the same. The Venice holiday poster contest received dozens of creative entries from area kids. 

The My Venice Holiday contest, hosted by the Venice Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Art Crawl, is in its fifth year.  It traditionally coincides with the Venice Sign Lighting, which has gone virtual this year. 

Kids from kindergarten to fifth grade submited their best work to the contest. Winners were selected from each grade. 

George Franciso, one of the event creators, said he won a poster contest when he was a kid and said it was a "proud moment". Francisco added that he wants to provide the same opportunity for Venice kids. 

Sunny Bak, founder of the Venice Art Crawl, said the artwork submitted by children this year expressed their feelings about their world with COVID19, the elections and the holidays.

"We at the Venice Art Crawl are happy to have the gift of the My Venice Holiday contest, which we love so much and remains essentially unchanged" says Bak. 

The winners of the contest:

Vienna Lieb, Kindergarten – Westminster

Vienna Lieb, Kindergarten – Westminster

“To me, the holidays mean family. This holiday I’m grateful for my baby sister, Isla!”

Teacher – Ms. Dunn

Livia Tang, First Grade – Broadway Elementary

Misty Srichandr, Second Grade – Coure d’Alene

Misty Srichandr, Second Grade – Coure d’Alene

Most of the art was an actual vision of “Misty’s year” with her meltdowns from being bored, virtual learning, lakers, dodgers, Trump, Biden, Family, coronavirus, mask, protest type signs, black & white gingerbreads holding hands, Her favorite nutcracker toy, looking fwd to her tree & most of all presents. Her art involved cutting, glue, paint markers, color pencils, cotton, Xmas decor.

Teacher – Mrs. Orrison

Rocco Bushnaq, Third Grade – Coure d’Alene

Rocco Bushnaq, Third Grade – Coure d’Alene

“Santa on Vacation”.

Teacher – Mrs. Neri-Muñoz.

Declan McAdams, Fourth Grade – Walgrove Elementary

Declan McAdams, Fourth Grade – Walgrove Elementary

How the Trump Tried to Steal Christmas (and the Election)

The election made me feel happy and that Christmas came early. I have been doing political cartoons all of this fall because sometimes I have to make fun of things even if they are serious.

Teacher – Alejandra Biolatto

Ryn Cook, Fifth Grade – Walgrove Elementary

Ryn Cook, Fifth Grade – Walgrove Elementary

The title of Rynny’s drawing is Masks of Holidays. The reason being is that even though the world can feel like it’s falling apart, especially right now during this pandemic, it’s possible for us to still be together. That is why everyone in the drawing is wearing a mask. Rynny’s drawing represents the togetherness that the holidays bring upon us.

Teacher – Lynnellen Webster

Click here to look at all of the entries. 

The Venice Art Crawl

The Venice Art Crawl is a Venice Chamber of Commerce Hosted Event” The VAC’s mission is to preserve the arts in Venice, a place that has historically been known as a vibrant and dynamic art community. Their goal is to share, inspire and promote collaboration within the Venice community through mixers and art events. The VAC is all volunteer run non-profit organization which is a committee of the Venice Chamber of Commerce.