FIRST PLACE: “Santa Fe River Dance” by Leah Gibbons
“It was a hot August day in Santa Fe and my daughter, my two granddaughters, and I went up to Patrick Smith Park, along East Alameda, for relief. We laid in the cool, green grass, ate paletas from the local Mexican paleteria and played in the Santa Fe River, which runs right by the park. We dipped our feet in the water, and my 7 year old granddaughter danced in the river with all the joy of summer and childhood.” ~ LG
Leah Gibbons was born in Germany and came to America with her refugee parents as an infant. She grew up in Brooklyn and attended Brooklyn College, receiving a B.A. in art history. She left N.Y.C. in the early 1970s to attend graduate school in art education at the University of New Mexico, and received an M.A. in art education. Awed by the beauty and spirit of New Mexico, Leah has lived in New Mexico ever since. She raised three daughters, all native-born New Mexicans, in Santa Fe. She taught art and was an early childhood educator and preschool director here in Santa Fe for many years. Retired now, Leah has been exploring mixed media arts along with experimenting with her handy iPhone, taking photos of the landscape, plants and children. She lives a block away from the Santa River off west Alameda and has walked many miles up and down the river.