Next time, I think we should gather in one heap, the nutty committee, or Mr. Redden himself, who vote on the winning poster. Year after year we are exposed to the most unattractive, unimaginative abstracts that do not reflect the spirit and energy, albeit the artistic sides of Spoleto.
Think about it--An idea comes to mind for the next year's poster--I think a clever cartoon would serve the purpose. Place Mr. Redden as a comic book figure, an anti-hero, in the center, and enlarge his head twice the normal size.
I can't imagine what flows within the master's brain.
Not since the early to middle decade, we have are exposed to non-creative images that have absolutely no connection with the spirit of Spoleto, let alone Charleston.
This year, this quirky image is strikingly cold, barren. unimaginative, definitely antithetical to the soul of our city, and it's beautiful festival.
Far out suggestion--Why can't we establish a "Peoples Choice" poster competition, and anyone in our community can vote for the top poster.
Create a new review board.
Win-Win-Win! The poster art competition as a whole would also generate interest for the festival--draw attendees, and would give "Charleston" artists the opportunity to participate, instead of selected artists from outside of Charleston and South Carolina?
We could create an Awards Show event--a main event prior to the Festival next year. It could also fire up the community. It could also be part of the preview event for Spoleto.
Meanwhile, fire the bunch! Amen.
Lady Di, The Downtown Buzz
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