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Yuma Coloring Book highlights six regional artists

Yuma, Ariz. —After a call for artists, Visit Yuma chose six regional artists to illustrate scenes for its newly-released Shades of Yuma coloring book. Lia Littlewood, Lori Mott, Sergio Arroyo Alcazar, Louise Aceves, John Benz and Rachelle Negron each created the artwork for two pages in the coloring book.

Several of the artists gathered recently to share what inspired them to take part in the project. "Being asked to do the cover, it got me really excited," said Lia Littlewood. "I didn't want to just do the train. I also wanted  to show the bridge and the prison behind it, to fully encompass Yuma as it was back in the day. It was sort of desolate, but still beautiful."

"This year we are focusing on the arts in Yuma, because the arts are exploding all over the place in Yuma. We have a lot of really great local artists, we think that's really unique to Yuma and really tells the story of Yuma," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma. Watch the artists' meet-up video here

The scenes that are captured in the new coloring book include  Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Yuma Proving Ground, MCAS Yuma, Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge, Castle Park, Telegraph Pass and more. The coloring book appeals to both children and also is a fit for the trend of adults coloring for relaxation. The Shades of Yuma coloring book is available for sale in the gift shop at the Visitor Information Center, 201 N. 4th Ave., or at

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Background info:

Fast Facts About YVB

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Yuma history - narrative

Yuma historic timeline


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Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018

Yuma Winter Visitors Study 2017-2018 Executive Summary

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