You know Richmond’s biggest festival is right around the corner when the poster is revealed. That time is here, as Venture Richmond is set to unveil the 2017 Richmond Folk Festival poster.
The artist this year is Oregon Hill resident Chris Milk Hulburt.
Hulburt’s colorfully painted pieces are famous for their nontraditional canvas—that is, the pictures themselves are usually painted on scrap wood. He got his start as a painter, but the kind that painted the interior and exterior of houses. When he found himself with some extra paint and wood one day, a star was born. But now he’d like the limelight to shine on the performers of the festival he loves more than any other Richmond event.
“I go every year,” he says. “It’s a wonderful thing.” Last year in particular, Hulburt remembers, the beatbox showcase brought him to tears, “about nineteen times.” And it’s that spirit of awe and gratitude that we can expect to see channeled into this year’s Richmond Folk Fest poster.
“I see it as this figure who is singing the praises of all these wonderful talents that alight on our town every year,” he describes. “This sort of humble figure that’s just sort of saying ‘Look at this giant list of just wonderful people who come and do this amazing thing…and we get to wander about and see them. For free!'”
Folk Fest and art fans can see the finished product at the grand unveiling at Glave Kocen Gallery tomorrow, September 13th, 5:30 – 7 PM. A limited number of signed, special edition posters (4 Color Print // 100 qty on French Paper) will be available for purchase.
Guests can also enter a raffle to win a complete set of (13) posters representing every year of the Richmond Folk Festival. Artist Chris Milk Hulburt will be on hand, with Food from Heritage, drinks from Loveland Distributing and music by Josh Small & Andrew Ali. This event is free and open to the public.
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