“Jazz: The Soul of New Orleans” by Wilmington Artist Harriett M. Forbes, 2014 Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival Poster Winner

This year’s Artist for the 21st Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival is Wilmington artist Harriet M. Forbis with her New Orleans Jazz-inspired tuba performer with a glow in his rainbow-cloaked eyes.  Harriett states that on a 2010 venture to the Delta City of New Orleans, she came across a unique and sizable performer at Café Du Monde that inspired this wonderfully kaleidescoped rainbow piece entitled “Jazz: The Soul of New Orleans”.  Harriet is a former resident of Winston-Salem, NC and relocated to southeast North Carolina three years ago.

Harriet worked for the State of North Carolina as a teacher of children with disabilities and as a consultant with the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program.  With retirement, Harriet picked up her passion for photography and took additional classes in drawing and painting, specializing in flowers and nature scenes.  This led to more classes and workshops (including lessons from famed artist Carol Ann Herring in her Statesville Studio).  Harriett has moved up into teaching her own classes, recently at the Florence Art School in the North Carolina Mouintains. 

Harriet M. Forbes, 2014 Poster Winner
with Chamber President Gail McCloskey 
with the winning entry and the Festival Poster.
Harriett is a member of the Wilmington Art Association and has been part of their juried Spring Art Show the past three years.  In 2013, her painting “Pink Organdy” was selected as the winner of their poster contest  In addition, her painting “el turista” won Best of Show at the 2014 Southport Summer Regional Art Show which was juried by nationally recognized water colorist Judy Betts.

This year we had a total of nineteen entries which made for a difficult decision for the judges.  All of the entries were very colorful, fanciful and energetic.  The kinetic brightness and colorful presentation of Harriet’s piece set this year’s selection apart from the others.

We are proud to have Harriet Forbis represent the 21st year of this great Festival.  Harriet will be attending the Festival where she will be signing posters, discussing her inspiration for this piece and offering additional selections of her musically-inspired, colorful and unique artwork in the Arts and Wine Garden.  Posters and T-shirts will be on sale soon at the Chamber offices and will be available at the Festival as long as supplies last. Again, Congratulations Harriett!!

For more information please call the Chamber at 910-458-8434 or email at greg@pleasureislandnc.org.

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