New Orleans, LA – French Quarter Festivals, Inc. unveils the 28th annual French Quarter Festival Poster by artist Tami Curtis-Ellis. Each year, the festival’s Merchandise Committee selects a painting that portrays the fun, festive, atmosphere of French Quarter Festival and one that both locals and tourists will identify with. Consideration is given only to local artists. To keep the festival free and open to the public, French Quarter Festival relies heavily on merchandise and poster sales, sponsorships, and beverage sales to generate its operating budget.
For the 2011 poster, renowned local mixed-media artist, Tami Curtis-Ellis, draws inspiration from legendary New Orleans clarinetist, Pete Fountain and the French Quarter Festival’s All-Stars band including coronetist Connie Jones and clarinetist Tim Laughlin. Tami brings the food, music and culture alive by including elements that personify New Orleans and the French Quarter through her use of rich color, multi dimensional paint application and spontaneous brush stroke technique.
Tami attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston where she received her BA in art education and a BFA in graphic design. She taught art in the public school system and in private institutions, served as education coordinator for the New Orleans Museum of Art, and has owned art based businesses involving pottery, hand-painted fabric items, art licensing and two dimensional art. Tami created posters for the 2008 Satchmo SummerFest poster, the 2009 Bayou Boogaloo, the 2007 Coastal Wine Tour (Southern Breeze magazine), and was the featured artist for the Louisiana Lt. Governor’s Global Economic Forum.
1750 Artist-signed & numbered prints, $45
250 Artist Proofs & numbered prints, $65
Image Size 19″ x 28.5″
Poster Size 22” x 34”