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Augusta Market Poster

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At the end of last summer, Brooke commissioned me to paint a poster for the Augusta Farmer’s Market.  Here’s the premise she wanted:  Digger the Otter (who is the mascot for the market.  I hear they have a guy in an otter suit walking around these days) is a fun-loving, family-friendly party animal who loves scampering around the river and pal-ing around with the market goers.  HOWEVER, there is this mischievous beaver named BLOCKER who DAMS things.  He ruins all Digger’s happy plans and is always lurking around looking for ways to cause mayhem.  Then she was like….”And maybe there could be a beaver in an otter suit….”

Well, I didn’t take it that far.  I’m not sure I could tell the difference between a real otter and a beaver in an otter suit. But I did want to capture the exciting feeling of community at the market, as well as the diversity of the vendors.  It was fun imagining all the characters and figuring out how to fit them into the space.  Oh, and that’s me on the right selling bread!

One of the main focal points at the market is the big fountain that explodes into the air in the middle of the square.  It looks like its coming out of a thing like the metal cages cities build for their trashcans.  Kids play around it all summer, and I feature Digger here flying high on the fountain with a lemonade in his hand.  Blocker is lurking below, plotting, no doubt.

watercolor and pen

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Croissant success at the bakery

Sangria and paint on a sunny afternoon

The owl on the porch that supposedly keeps the birds from smacking into the window, but mostly just scares me at night

Ithaca parade.  Complete with tutu volvos and chainsaw marching band.

The Ithaca farmer’s market was totally dreamy.

I’ve been working on some illustrations for my mom’s book.  (yes, her book!)

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Augusta Farmers Market Poster 2011

I love farmers markets.  All of them.  Growing up, I sold blueberries at the market in Blacksburg, VA every Saturday.  It was instant gratification- people loved what I had to sell.  Here in Augusta, I’m fortunate enough to be in the same situation- people want the bread I bake.  I don’t have to be a salesman or push it on people, they come crowding over.  So even though I am majorly sleep deprived every Saturday when you see me at the market, know that I LOVE, LOVE being there.

I also love posters, and if I ever saw a farmers market poster (for any market, anywhere) I would buy it up quick.  (If it was awesome looking, of course.)

I was inspired by old ads from the 1940s with dancing vegetables and other inanimate objects.

6-color screen-print on cement green French paper.


I also made a small run of white versions.  You can buy the posters at the Augusta Farmers Market, downtown every Saturday, 8th and Reynolds Streets, from 8am-2pm, and in my Etsy shop.

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