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Every year Summer Solstice has a poster and t-shirt contest once the theme is set.The theme this year is FLIGHTS OF FANCY.  The Artists in the community submit their finished works to illustrate the theme. The winner’s image appears on posters, t-shirts, and there is an honorarium for the artist who is selected.  There is a $500 Award for the winner.  The FINAL CHANCE TO VOTE will be at the ARTIST’S RECEPTION in January 


The collection of artwork for the Poster and T-shirt art contest will take place on TBA January ____, 2024 at the Solstice Office, 924 Anacapa Street, Suite 3-h (third floor) from 10:00 am to 5:00 PM.  Artwork must be ready to hang, with the title of the artwork, your name, address, email and phone number on the back ,if you wish to offer it for sale and at what price.

Solstice can provide the wording for the poster, so you are free to express your vision for the poster and t-shirt. You can design it as you like, keeping in mind the theme. As a guideline, remember the final poster formats will be 18 x 24 "portrait" 24 x 18 "landscape". Your artwork does not have to be that size, it's simply a guide. Think about posters that you love as artwork on your walls. Also, consider what it might look like on a t-shirt, for men and women and children, and of course, keep all the wonder, whimsy and fun of Solstice! For more information email Penny at





1230 State Street


The Opening Reception where the public gets to vote on their favorites will be Wednesday January _____ at Legacy Art Santa Barbara, 1230 State Street.  5:00-8:00 pm. The gallery space will be open Mon-Friday 12-5 pm until January _____ for walk throughs and voting. As part of First Thursday on January ____ there will be a closing reception and last chance for the public to vote. There will also be the opportunity to vote for your favorites online January 15-25.  Watch this space for updates.The final decision will be made by the Solstice Celebration Board of Directors. 


The winner of the 2023 poster and T-shirt contest, Karen Folsom's colorful and creative "Sunchoke Succotash".Karen said she is "thrilled to have created an illustration for the Santa Barbara Solstice Parade. To partake in the joy and exuberance that this celebration embodies is a high honor!" Karen is a Santa Barbara based illustrator and commissioned portrait artist. Her work includes several children’s books and promotional material as well as music, book and magazine illustrations and covers. She wrote and illustrated “The President’s Pet.”

Her concept and editorial work has been for clients in entertainment, hospitality, institutions, foundations and private ventures. She is a member of The Society of Illustrators Los Angeles (SILA) and The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Her artwork is a mixed media of water color pencil/colored pencil, acrylic inks and archival markers.

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There have been years when Solstice has had two t-shirt and posters - one for children and one for the overall Parade and Festival. This year the Board decided that the children's poster will be the design submitted by Judy Nilsen "Here Comes the Parade!"


Judy has her masters degree in American Folk Art and her bachelors in education, with many years of experience teaching - in schools, adult education, art workshops; and as an art director at a summer camp in Italy.

Judy has been an active member of the arts community in Santa Barbara, as a member of the Arts Advisory Committee and a member of the Board of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative (CAW), where the Solstice Workshop at 631 Garden is hosted, in addition to her many other artistic endeavors.  Her assemblages and paintings have been shown in both group and solo shows.

Judy says,"The cut paper technique used to create the Solstice poster is my way of creating original birthday cards and our annual Christmas cards".


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