Hamilton resident Jill Feron is the winner for the Art Grows Here 2014 poster contest, announced organizers of the Hamilton-Wenham-based summer art event.
Art Grows Here is an annual ten-day, map-guided tour of outdoor art and performances throughout the two towns. Since this is the event’s fifth year, organizers were looking for a unique poster to help advertise this popular event.
The specifications for the poster include Art Grows Here as the title and the event dates, July 18-25, 2014; a final production size of 8.5 inches by 11 inches and digital resolution of 300 DPT; an emphasis that this is the event’s FIFTH year; and above all, be the artist’s original art work. Feron, an art history major in college with a work background in graphic design, created a number of hand-drawn sketches; then put the preferred design into a digital painting application to create the final poster. She described the design as a “Zen-doodling” style, incorporating themes of gardening and nature, favorites of her and of Art Grows Here.
Feron and her family have lived in Hamilton for about 15 years. She said she comes from artistic parents and still takes art classes for herself. Professionally, she now freelances with an online art business, StudioFeron on Easy, creating digital portraits of family pets from submitted photos. She said she has been following Art Grows Here over the years and has always wanted to get involved. She hopes that, one of these years, she will have inspiration and time enough to do an installation. Meanwhile, she was very excited to enter a poster design and really pleased with her “win." “It’s been super fun,” she said. “I really want to help people get to do more art and appreciate art more.”