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2018 Boneyard Arts Festival Signature Image announced

40 North announced that Happiness 2 by Lisa Kesler will be the Signature Image for the 2018 Boneyard Arts Festival. Chosen from over 100 submissions and selected by local artists, Happiness 2 will be featured on “all festival registration materials, posters, postcard, billboards, print and online advertising as well as on the cover of the Boneyard Arts Festival quick guide.”

Here’s the full image:


Here more from full press release about Kesler, including a quote and some of her background:

“I prefer to paint abstractly so that I can concentrate on the colors and shapes and textures in my painting. I often use areas of repeating patterns to create a sense of rhythm and energy. Happiness 2 is a painting from one of my new series. I created it by combining two of my favorite mediums – acrylic painting and linoleum block printing. I printed geometric designs from blocks of linoleum that I carved. Then I applied the printed designs to the surface of my painting as part of the overall composition.”

Lisa Kesler is a painter and printmaker who works from her studio in Tolono. She studied painting at the U of I and received her MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She works in a variety of media including acrylic painting, encaustic painting, linoleum block printmaking, and letterpress printing. Her style and methods have been influenced by the places she’s lived: the Midwest, the desert Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest coast. She finds inspiration and ideas all around her, especially in vintage illustrations in magazines and books, textiles, and the decorative arts.

Images from 40 North website. 

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