Ando and Friends Coloring Contest Art Show

This past month, Ando and Friends concluded their 2nd Annual Coloring Contest with an art show, where they announced the winners and displayed noteworthy runner-up entries. Fine spirits and good company complemented this celebration of ocean and art.

Hundreds of entries poured in and choosing one was no easy task. However, it was Allison Soens of Ventura, CA, who came out victorious. “There were so many rad entries, but in the end, everyone in the office kept coming back to this one,” said Ando and Friends Founder Andy Davis. Along with her entry, Allison wrote a poem describing the emotions behind her artwork.

Sea glass, sea foam, sea wood, hemp.
Sea rock, sea shells, sea green, fun!

Toob city ridin’ the Alaya,
Hemp trail flew,
Driftwood barrel,
Take me through.

Stylin’ Ando threads of seaglass,
Green, white, & brown,
Sandy Hair Slidin’
For the love of ocean I’ve found.

Allison Soens' winning entry.
Allison Soens' winning entry.
Creativity was the constant theme in this years contest.
Art patrons admiring the contestants' fine work. Photo: Van Swae
The Surfrider Foundation hosted this years party and hung all the entries from the ceiling. Photo: Van Swae
The Surfrider Foundation was the perfect venue to showcase the creative entries. Photo: Van Swae
Ando and Freinds, Andy Davis, with Surfrider Foundation CEO, Jim Moriarity. Photo: Van Swae
Ando and Friends Founder Andy Davis, with Surfrider Foundation CEO Jim Moriarity. Photo: Van Swae
Andy Davis holding up Allison Soens winning piece. Photo: Van Swae
Andy Davis, announcing Allison Soens as the winner. Photo: Van Swae