Poster Image

Craft Shows, Concerts, Food


Item#: 2011SYR10

Purchase Details

11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Craft Shows, Concerts, Food

poster information


Craft shows, concerts, food
Taste of Syracuse so fine
Dance to the music

When I first moved to Syracuse from New York City I was amazed by how small downtown Syracuse was compared to Manhattan. I'm used to it now and have grown to like it more than NYC. When I am visiting NYC, I find it stressful and congested and I look forward to returning.

I always like to submit my work to different contests, because I figure, what do I have to lose? As a member of the Zen Center, I submitted haiku to their yearly publication. When I received the invitation from the Poster Project, I already understood the haiku structure. I sat down and thought about Clinton Square, and my haiku materialized.

I like my work to be abstract and loose, not photo-realistic or cartoony. For me, painting is more about a mood, rather than dwelling on a subject. So for this piece, I went to Armory Square, took some reference photos of the buildings, and then took colors out of magazines—color swatches—and used them as the base of my painting, as a kind of collage, and painted over them.

I wanted a lot of movement in the crowd, but nothing specific happening. I mean, I could have showed people eating food, or playing music, or could have showed their faces. But here, instead of focusing on a specific thing, you get the overall feeling of a craft festival. My teachers keep saying it looks like a European city. It wasn't meant to be. I guess it's just my take on what I think Syracuse looks like.