Event Date: Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Event Venue: Arts Depot
Reservations are not required
Each year the Virginia Highlands Festival commissions a work of art that reflects the theme for that year and becomes the central image of the Festival. Our Signature Artists for 2015 are Brian and Marie Bridgeforth of Bridgeforth Design Studio in Bristol, TN. Their comic book/fantasy style perfectly illustrates this year’s theme, “Create Your Own Adventure.”
Marie Bridgeforth, originally from Tazewell, moved back to the area with husband Brian in 2011. “Being chosen as the Signature Artist is a huge honor because this is always the most prestigious show around,” said Marie. “Being a juried art show, I know how much it has meant to people to be chosen to sell their work at the Festival. And now our art is representing the entire Festival. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and excitement.”
Brian added, “A few years ago we became commercial artists—creating art from others’ visions. This project has allowed us to blend the Festival’s vision of adventure with our own style, and it’s awesome. Our work already explores science fiction and fantasy, and the theme this year really caught our imagination.”
In addition to the Signature Art, the Bridgeforths are currently working with D.R. Blevins on the graphic novel of his book, “A Western Tale.” They also hope to be teaching free classes at the Bristol Public Library on how to design using 3D software in design.
You can meet the Bridgeforths at programs throughout the Festival.
*Thursday, July 30 from 7:30pm-9pm at the Arts Depot, where we will unveil the Festival’s Fine Art poster of the Signature Art. The Bridgeforths will be signing posters after the Juried Fine Arts awards lecture and presentation.
*Saturday, Aug. 1 from 1-2pm at the Arts Depot, where they will be signing fine art posters of the Signature Art
*Saturday, Aug. 8 from 10am-5pm at the Barter Tent conducting an all-day, drop-in drawing workshop. They will be joined by Clint Blevins, author of “A Western Tale,” which was illustrated by Bridgeforth, from 11:30am-2pm.