Local colorist and pattern designer Lou Kregel has been officially named as the theme artist of the 2016 AthFest Music & Arts Festival and AthHalf Half Marathon. Her artwork will be used on the event websites, merchandise, signage and as cover art of the 20th anniversary AthFest two-CD set.
Kregel’s boldly colored geometric designs can be seen all over town—as murals at businesses including Ted’s Most Best and Vic’s Vintage, as rugs and paintings in private homes and as coffee mugs and phone cases in the hands of Athenians. Since 2007, she has painted close to 75 large chrysanthemums on the exteriors of local buildings and fences.
According to an AthFest Educates press release, Kregel says this year’s design is “a re-appropriation of one of my Constructivist-style patterns. I updated the colors and the text, and I think it will look good in different applications like on a t-shirt or as a plastered mural backdrop. I'm excited to see how it looks in print; it's always a thrill to see your work in published form, and I'm so happy to have been asked to work with AthFest on this project this year.”
The festival will be held Friday, June 24–Sunday, June 26, with affiliated events beginning Wednesday, June 22. Proceeds benefit AthFest Educates, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing music and arts education for local youth.