“I am grateful to live in this area,” said Earl Newman, the 2019 Corvallis Fall Festival poster artist.
Earl said he enjoys the natural beauty of the area and the friendly creative community. For his Corvallis Fall Festival poster design he drew inspiration from the things he loves about the Corvallis area. He chose a bright color scheme that reminds him of the fruits and flowers of the season as well as the rainbow reflecting the diversity in the community.
If you look closely, you will see imagery reflecting some of the iconic scenery including Mary’s Peak, Central Park, Mary’s River, and the Benton County Courthouse.
“I think the courthouse is the prettiest lady in town,” Earl said. “And you can quote me on that!”
Earl said he thought it was important to include the people in his poster design. In the foreground a family approaches the festival where other people are browsing the artist stands. The spirit of celebration is his favorite thing about Corvallis Fall Festival. The festival is a special time when family and friends spend time together as summer comes to an end.
Earl Newman is a poster design veteran. For over fifty years, he designed posters for the Monterey Jazz Festival in addition to multiple poster designs for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oregon State University Theatre department and the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
Earl Newman moved to Summit, Oregon from California in 1972. Ever since he worked from his home studio and has been active in the regional art community.