Sunday, March 19, 2000

Summerfair poster designer did it the old-fashioned way

The Cincinnati Enquirer

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        When Brent Beck goes to Summerfair, he'll see what his poster is all about.

        “I've just started working in Cincinnati, so this will be my first Summerfair,” says Mr. Brent, 25, who lives in Lebanon. He's from Kettering, Ohio, and has been working as a designer and illustrator at Kolar Design in Cincinnati for a year. His poster for Summerfair 2000 will be unveiled 1-3 p.m. today at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Norwood.

        Most graphic design is done on a computer these days, but Mr. Beck turned to traditional tools for his poster.

        “I used pencils, ink and paints, because this is an art fair. I heard that this is a family affair that includes all the arts, and I wanted to do something that says that art can be fun. I didn't think too hard about the idea. It's just something that came to mind.”

        The poster shows a mime juggling arts, crafts and musical instruments under a glowing sun. Mr. Beck won $2,000 for his design.

        The poster is the 24th in an annual competition for the summer arts festival, which will be June 2-4 at Coney Island.

        The poster is printed in two sizes, 11 by 18 inches, selling for $4, and 22 by 36, selling for $7. Signed posters are $20. Signed and numbered posters are $30. To order call the Summerfair office at 531-0050.


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