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A Winning Artist 

Congratulations to Ruben Moreno, the winner of our Best of TucsonTM art contest. A refresher: Late last year, we advertised for BOT art entries. Artists were asked to pitch a possible theme for this year's Best of TucsonTM 19, with rough sketches of the kind of art they'd do. Ruben suggested a "vintage" Tucson theme, complete with retro-style art, hearkening back to the early 20th century.

Ruben's no stranger to art; a Pueblo High grad, the 29-year-old does design work for Cook and Company, a sign maker. He's self-taught and has done a bunch of murals; he has his eye on the Small Planet Bakery building ("they don't know it yet," he says). He even did a comic book for the Tucson Unified School District, he reports. Ruben and his wife, Christina Skinner, are proud downtowners, and he rides his Schwinn bike to work every day. He says he eventually wants to be an art teacher. "But I'll wait 'til I am older," he says. "I'll get more respect that way."

For his efforts, Ruben wins a $100 gift certificate to a 2004 BOT winner of his choosing. He met with Hugh Dougherty, the Weekly's art director, and me last week to discuss his ideas for Best of TucsonTM, and Hugh and I were impressed.

Congratulations, and look for BOT balloting to start in about two months.

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