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Creative artists win Daily Gazette Christmas Coloring Contest

Local youth show their talents
Daily Gazette Christmas Coloring Contest winners Kim Foesher, 10, of Saratoga Springs, and Ryan Daly, 7, of Niskayuna.
Daily Gazette Christmas Coloring Contest winners Kim Foesher, 10, of Saratoga Springs, and Ryan Daly, 7, of Niskayuna.

Santa Claus shows off his creativity tonight.

True believers know the man from the North Pole will visit billions of homes and distribute zillions of toys — and still be home for breakfast Christmas Morning.

Ryan Daly and Kimberly Foehser showed off their creativity shortly after Thanksgiving. The crayon artists produced vibrant images of St. Nick working around a Christmas tree, and their creations have been judged winners in the 2017 Daily Gazette Christmas Coloring Contest.

Daly, 7, who lives in Niskayuna, won the 7-and-under category. Foehser, 10, who lives in Saratoga Springs, triumphed in the 8-to-12-year-old category.

For their efforts, each artist will receive $100. Twenty-five runners-up will receive two movie passes to Proctors. In all, 376 children entered the contest.

Children were encouraged to color neatly and add creative touches. Many surrounded Santa with household furnishings, fireplaces, windows, candles, floors and even a long Christmas gift list. One intrepid artist even moved the scene outdoors, where Santa decorated the tree out in snowy surroundings.

Young Ryan, a second-grader at Hillside Elementary School, figures he’s been coloring for the past five years. He has worked with coloring books and especially appreciates magician Harry Potter and the Flash.

When considering how best to tackle the Santa project, he noticed Santa seemed to be pointing with his left mitten, in the coloring template printed in multiple editions of The Daily Gazette. In Daly’s piece, Santa points toward a mantle, where two stockings hang over the fireplace.


“I put in a clock that’s struck midnight,” Daly said, “because that’s when he comes, probably.”

Daly also outlined branches of the tree in dark green, filling in the rest of the Christmas decoration with light green. He used the same technique for Santa’s toy bag, which is red and star-spangled.

“Adding the extra stuff, it just makes it look better,” Daly said.

Daly said his favorite color is aqua.

“I like the ocean, and it’s sort of aqua-blue,” he said. The young artist also likes to swim, and plays basketball and baseball.

Daly’s sister Maren, 10, won movie tickets in the 2016 contest. Creativity might run in the family; mom Kelly Daly is an interior designer.

Daly is not exactly sure what he’ll do with his $100 prize. He has gotten one suggestion: “Take mom and dad out to dinner,” said father Paul Daly.

Foehser, a fifth-grader at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School in Saratoga Springs, said she spends plenty of time with her crayons. She also works in other mediums.

“I also like to make things with cardboard and paint,” Foehser said. “My dad and I are going to make a dollhouse together, and I’ve made robots before out of cardboard.”


Foehser’s creative Santa touches include stockings by the mantle, a wreath, cookies on the table and inspirational plaques on the wall. She said the scene she produced on paper is one she’d like to wake up t Christmas morning.

When the artist is in the mood for reds and blues, she likes to color drawings of animals and holiday scenes. She is also a sports fan and plays on a soccer travel team in Saratoga Springs.

Foehser’s favorite colors are greens, blues and turquoise. Her room at home is blue; she even has a little blue in her hair.

Foehser already has plans for the $100 prize.

“I’m probably going to give my sister a little bit for doing my make-up for the photos,” Foehser said of sister Kelsey, 14, who won a runners-up prize in the 2016 contest. “And I’m probably going to put some in my savings.”

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Jeff Wilkin at 518-395-3124 or at [email protected]

Congratulations to the 25 runners-up

  • Fiona DeSimony, Glenville
  • Ann Wajda, Schenectady
  • Tyler Castle, Esperance
  • Haley Garrett, Niskayuna
  • Zoe Ronda, Stillwater
  • Kiera MacIntosh, Scotia
  • Kaitlyn Villano, Schenectady
  • Lauren Weeks, Burnt Hills
  • Arabelle Robbins, Rotterdam
  • Sophioe Kobayashi, Delmar
  • Maren Daly, Niskayuna
  • Daniel Betsinger, Cobleskill
  • Louis Brickner, Amsterdam
  • Kristin Surin, Schenectady
  • Fran Fantauzzi, Burnt Hills
  • Jenna Hunt, Burnt Hills
  • Evelyse Hernandez, Schenectady
  • Joshua Betsinger, Cobleskill
  • Abigail Stopyak, Halfmoon
  • Maeve Hull, Niskayuna
  • Genevieve Glunk, McKownville
  • Abby Davis, Ballston Spa
  • Gavin LeBron, Niskayuna
  • William Battaglia, Schenectady
  • Thomas Juron, Amsterdam

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