Art by Bob Coates | 2019 Art Contest Winner


The 2022 Festival of the Cranes Art Contest is open until June 20th. Each artist may submit up to 15 artworks.

We are excited to announce the opening of our 2022 Art Contest! The winning art piece will be the face of the Festival and used to promote the event.

Friends are calling for sandhill crane artwork in any medium: paintings, digital, printmaking, mixed media, two or three-dimensional art, photography, as well as any other. Photographs can be unaltered originals or edited. Friends also offer a free Expo booth or table during Festival (possible COVID-19 restrictions allowing), where the featured artist of the year can sell their artwork, from postcards to originals.

Art requirements:

  • Send us a jpeg file of your entries by June 20th, 2022.
  • Please email art as a file attachment to Art@Friendsofbosquedelapache.org
  • Send a medium jpeg file – size to 1-5 MB.
  • Upon winning, the applicant will be asked to send a high-resolution file of at least 300 dpi. The winner will be contacted by June 30th, 2022.

Friends will keep all art submissions for future consideration. Because the brochure is printed in a traditional vertical/portrait (8.5″ x 11″) format, all submissions must be able to fill that space; however, please do not be discouraged from sending us your art if you do not know how to make it fit. We can help. We design the brochure cover and have experience with art of all shapes and sizes. A brochure cover mockup is not necessary for art submission.

By entering your artwork, you are providing Friends non-exclusive “right of use” including edited versions for promotional and commercial activities. Friends typically sell merchandise featuring the cover art during the Festival that the contestant won, as well as the following year until products have sold out.

Friends may publish artwork that did not win the contest on the website and publications. This artwork will not be used on merchandise. All artwork will credit the artist.

Please email your artwork to art@friendsofbosquedelapache.org.

The banner artwork is from the 2019 Art Contest winner | Keep reading to learn more about the artist


2019 Crane Fiesta Art Winner | Bob Coates

Bob Coates started his official pro career in March of 1995 after picking up and putting down a camera for the previous thirteen years. Based in the Caribbean for his first three years of business Bob concentrated on commercial photography. He was dragged kicking and screaming into the wedding side of the business and then embraced weddings. Upon his move to Sedona, Arizona to get out of the path of hurricanes, weddings were expanded and mixed with some commercial work. Coming full circle Bob is back to concentrating solely on commercial projects, chasing wildlife and creating an art décor line of images as a ‘Lens Based Artist’ combining photographic images with digital artistry. The Gallery of Modern Masters at the Hillside Sedona  Center represents Coates’ artwork. Bob currently lives and works from his residential studio in Sedona, AZ with his wife Holly.



















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