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Whale & Jazz Poster Challenge

Opening Reception: Saturday, March 10, 2007, 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit remains through April 8
Elaine Jacob Foyer
Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival logo

In recent years Gualala has been the center of concerts by major jazz figures such as the Brubeck Brothers and Cleo Laine. As the Whale & Jazz Festival gains prominence and attracts more attention it is fitting that it be recognized by posters in a special way. Over time these posters could acquire additional value as early examples of what is becoming a permanent fixture on the annual events calendar. Thus a poster challenge was organized and twelve artists responded with their ideas and their art.

Eminent local artist Duane Gordon judged all the entries for posters. His choices were:

Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival poster images First Place:
Drew Fagan's "Whale" graphic (center)

Second Place:
Sharon Feissel's "Jazz" photographic montage (left)

Third Place:
Bruce Jones' "Drums Waiting" watercolor (right)

All the entries from the Whale & Jazz Poster Challenge will be shown in the Elaine Jacob Foyer during the Fifth Annual Whale & Jazz Festival beginning on Thursday, April 5 through Sunday, April 8 and the month leading up to it.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
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