POSTER/T-SHIRT HISTORY & ARCHIVES

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ABOUT THE POSTER AND T-SHIRT ART

Since the beginning of the Summer Solstice Celebration, there has been a flier or poster announcing the Celebration to the community. Michael Gonzales, the originator of the Solstice Celebration, designed the early fliers and posters. Since the first poster competition in 1974, local artists have submitted their artwork in January or February and we have a show featuring the submitted artwork and encourage the community to vote for their favorite. Sales of our Poster, T-Shirt and Hats generate revenue that contributes towards producing the Solstice Celebration Festival and Parade.

2020 Beautiful Earth

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Katreece Montgomery was selected as the winner of the 2020 Santa Barbara Summer Solstice t-shirt and poster contest for Beautiful Earth.

Katreece said "I have dabbled in various areas of art and design throughout my life, but my true passion has always been in illustration. I especially love drawing whimsical botanicals and food. Beautiful Earth was inspired by my parent's beautiful Santa Barbara garden. I am beyond thrilled and honored to be selected, thank you!"

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2019 Wonder

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David Mark Lane was selected as the winner of the 2019 Santa Barbara Summer Solstice t-shirt and poster contest for Wonder.

David Mark Lane, an artist and architect, was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He has worked and lived in Santa Barbara, California since the '90s. For this year’s poster art, David worked with his hand-drawn sketches and completed the work in Photoshop. He has created a new media form he likes to call 'primitive digital.” David says, “This artwork recalls the era when the Solstice Celebration began. I’m so happy to be selected this year. Number 3 is a charm. It’s my 3rd time entering the contest."

David’s additional work can be seen at https://society6.com/davidmarklane

2018 Heroes

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Victor Elsey is the artist behind the 2018 Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Solstice t-shirt and poster contest for Heroes.

 

An Art Director whose creative career took him from London to New York City to Santa Barbara to San Francisco, Elsey has fond memories of Santa Barbara through the years and had this to say about his Solstice poster: "I am honored to be selected by the Summer Solstice Committee to design their 2018 poster and T-shirt. In my painting, I wanted to capture all the excitement, color and spirit of the wonderful solstice parade of carnival characters. This has been a year of so much tragedy in our small community, so this year the solstice theme is Heroes- paying tribute to all the courageous men and women who came to our rescue." 

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2017 Celebrating Unity

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Caroline Hambright's "Solstice Universe" was selected as winner of the 2017 Summer Solstice Celebration t-shirt and poster contest for Celebrating Unity.

Born in Los Angeles, Caroline moved to Santa Barbara with her family when she was ten. One of the first graduating classes from Santa Barbara High’s VADA, Caroline went on to study art at SBCC and San Francisco State, where she received her BA in Studio Art. Caroline’s art has been featured around Santa Barbara and San Francisco. Now she teaches art, math, and reading to Kindergarten through sixth grade at Brandon Elementary. Her other interests include singing and playing guitar as well as designing and creating sets for local theatrical productions. 

“Solstice Universe” is a representation of Caroline's early years with Solstice.  When she moved to Santa Barbara, she was afraid the town would not be accepting of an eccentric artist such as herself. Then, her sister’s dance teacher, Steven Lovelace, asked her to help him work on a float for the Summer Solstice Parade. This experience with Solstice helped her feel accepted in the community. “Solstice Universe” was inspired by that experience.  The characters are based on Solstice Artists and amalgamations of people she has seen over the years participating in the parade.  To Caroline, this is what Solstice is about; letting your imagination soar, not being afraid to be yourself and celebrating the unique, wild-haired, creative beauty in us all. 

2016 Legends

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Owen Duncan was the winner of the 2016 contest for the Summer Solstice Celebration t-shirt and poster contest for Legends.

Owen Duncan is a graphic artist who lives and works in Santa Barbara. This design was originally carved in leather by Owen and then adapted to print.  It features a heroine and a magical creature from an ancient tale of myth and lore.  The inspiration for the imagery came from Celtic and Nordic carvings.  With this piece, Owen wanted to create an original design that would feature symbolic imagery while incorporating the knot shapes from the Celtic and Nordic traditions where often elements are visually intertwined and you can't always tell whether things are fighting or embracing.  In this design, female and male power, humanity and nature, wisdom and force, are intertwined showing the interconnections and ambiguity.

 

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