In a repeat performance of public service and community involvement, PeakBiety branding + advertising designed the official show t-shirts and commemorative posters for the 41st Annual Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts. The show took place on March 5 & 6, 2011, at the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. Hundreds of artists from 13 diverse disciplines participated, and the festival gave out $74,500 in award money to artists.
For the past two years, the Board of Directors has followed brand guidance from PeakBiety in the selection of just one piece of artwork to represent the show. “We know from our experience in effective branding, that one consistent image chosen to represent an event like the annual Gasparilla Festival, reinforces awareness and keeps the identity of the show fresh, year after year. Deciding on which piece, however, was not an easy task,” comments Amy Phillips, Creative Director. “We literally looked at more than 600 pieces of artwork and considered originality, variety compared to work chosen in previous years, and what would symbolically represent the year. Leading a selection committee made up of mostly Board members, we gravitated toward a multi-media painting by Louisiana artist, Rebecca Rebouché, titled Apple Button. From a distance, the color, contrasts and forms get attention and make a bold statement. On closer inspection, fascinating little details in the collaged background reveal scraps of old children’s books, dictionaries and bits of sheet music hidden within. We saw in the piece an unusual combination of nostalgia, strength and sensitivity.”
The artist explains, “The apple is this bold symbol, paired with the button as a small and tedious symbol of care. The duality is presented on top of these life lessons like sharing, playing and doing chores. There is a chord in there that is specific enough to be real, and yet, common to all of us. It represents an emotion that unites us—tension and tenderness. That is what I like to express in my work.”
Held annually during the first weekend in March in downtown Tampa, Florida, the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is one of the country’s premier outdoor shows. Featured art includes ceramic, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and wood.
Festival staff is made up entirely of volunteers who work throughout the year to continually improve the show, year after year. To watch a recap of the festival, check out this video.