We recently announced the official 2016 festival artwork by Rahmel Mack and Jay Stooks that playfully integrates art, music, and community into the Ithaca landscape in a way that really exemplifies our theme this year, Mix it Up. We are also very happy to announce that we have chosen two submissions to add to a 2016 special collection. Please check out this impressive artwork from our community, and be sure to look for these pieces on select merchandise!
Adam Delli-Bovi works at Ability in Bloom making bouquets. Adam says, "When I make bouquets I mix all the flowers so that is what I thought of when [I heard] mix it up." We love the timeless appeal of Adam's flowers in acrylic paint. We feel that this artwork really represents the universality of Ithaca Festival, just like a beautiful a bouquet of flowers.
A piece compiled by the students of Emily Graw's third grade class at Belle Sherman Elementary School is another select piece for 2016. We couldn't pass up an opportunity to showcase the talent of local youth, especially because of the meaning of their piece. Emily writes of her class' submission, "My third grade class worked on an 'I Dream of a World' calendar project that revolved around the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The children learned that children like them have inalienable rights regardless of their skin color, religion, gender, and social status." We hope to see more submissions from youth artists in the future and are so happy to see art as a thriving medium for community betterment among children.