Are YOU a frustrated artist? Do YOU think your art is way better than the crap we put on our covers week after week? Are YOU somewhere between the ages of “fetus” and “dead”? Would YOU like to win $200? If YOU answered “yes” to at least three of the previous four questions, then YOU are the perfect candidate for the Mercury’s Easter Coloring Contest! Here are your instructions:
• Color this week’s cover of the Portland Mercury using the medium of your choice (crayons, acrylics, watercolors, chalk, the sacrificial blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, etc.). This contest is open to ALL AGES!
• Mail your cover (flat, not folded) in a 12 x 15.5” envelope to “Easter Coloring Contest” c/o Portland Mercury, 605 NE 21st Ave, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97232.
• If you’re a techno-nerd, you can also send a high-resolution digital file (300 dpi) to
• A LOCAL CELEBRITY who may or may not know the first thing about art will judge your entry on “artistic quality.”
• The winning entry will be displayed on the cover of our April 13 issue of the Mercury, plus the artist will receive a check for $200—which they can use to pay rent, purchase a school lunch, or buy heroin. THIS IS NOT A JOKE! Send in your Easter Coloring Contest entry no later than THURSDAY, APRIL 6, and show the world that someone is willing to pay for your talent!
To download a high res version of the cover, click here.