This year’s Arts and Crafts Festival poster art features the Orange Street Pier in Fairhope by Daphne artist Jean-Marie McDonnell. The coastal colors on this eye-catching painting were unveiled in February to a crowd excited to see this year’s selection. “I felt like it just had a little bit of a modern edge to it. I really really loved the colors and the feel and I just thought it represented the Eastern Shore Coast with the water and the bay and the piers and everything. It just drew me in and I just thought, this is the one,” said Arts and Crafts Festival Chairwoman Laura English. The painting is featured on posters promoting the festival throughout the Gulf Coast. “I’m ecstatic. As an artist this is a top honor that the Chamber of Commerce could give me,” said McDonnell. McDonnell is from Daphne and currently displays her work at the Garage Studio in Point Clear. “I just like to get in and mess with the paint on a big canvas. I like color. I like geometric shapes. The process is what’s important, even more than the outcome, it’s the process of painting that’s fun for me and inspiring,” said McDonnell. Many locals regard these posters as a sought after collectible. Signed posters can be purchased for $15. Prints can be purchased for $20. Unsigned posters are also available.
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