Sunday, March 11, 2001

Summerfair unveils 2001 poster

By Nicole Hamilton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        You might not know Liz Kathman Grubow by name, but you probably know her work.

        The winner of the 2001 Summerfair Fine Arts Festival poster contest has designed posters with captivating, memorable images for more than 20 years — for Cincinnati Opera, Oktoberfest and Taste of Cincinnati, to name a few.

    What: 2001 Summerfair poster unveiling and signing by Liz Kathman Grubow.
    When: 1-3 p.m. today.     Where: Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Rookwood Pavilion, Madison and Edwards roads, Norwood.
    Cost: Signed posters will be available for $7; $20 after today.
    Information: 531-0050 (Summerfair office), Joseph-Beth 396-8960.
        Remember the coral colored Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra posters from 1987? They featured instruments wrapped in fabric and were designed by Ms. Grubow.

        Her Summerfair 2001 poster will be unveiled today at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Norwood. It is the 34th Summerfair poster.

        The Covington resident and senior design director of global brands at Libby Perszyk Kathman (LPK) is no stranger to Summerfair. She won the poster contest in 1983 with her design of a fan of paintbrushes against a yellow background. Her fun, energy-fueled composition suggested Summerfair was a sort of sampler for the visual arts and crafts.

        For this year's design, Ms. Grubow said she wanted to show how Summerfair has grown into an event that showcases art from several mediums, music and the Youth Arts Area for kids.

        “I wanted to try something simple and bold,” Ms. Grubow said. “And my objective was to get across the different facets to the arts and crafts show.”

        Her design was created with acrylic paint. The border includes a collage made from homemade paper that features the works of Summerfair grant recipients Terri Kern, Jean Burch Cochran and Brad Austin Smith.

        “I've had the idea (for the poster design) for the past couple years,” Ms. Grubow said. “Every poster design is so unique — that's what's so intriguing about a competition.”

        Summerfair will take place June 1-3 at Coney Island. Posters are also available from the Summerfair office by calling 531-0050, or you can visit Summerfair's Web site at


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