This year’s theme is “Creatures.”
The 2013 Solstice poster artist is NEAL CROSBIE, an artist of exploratory daring, exuberance and meditative awareness, who produces astounding bursts of images intertwined with poetically witty word play. His work insists that the chaos of comedy and puzzlement has a natural role in apprehending worldly flux within
the context of metaphysical speculation.
The sacred traditions of Native American, Buddhist, Australian, African and Eskimo visionaries consistently inspire him. He’s forever sending teasing messages via his coyote-man. This icon trickster figure suggests Crosbie himself as a poet, painter and Zen Master. And yet another quality to the list: he writes and sings related original songs as in his luminous CD’s “ZEN HORSE REPAIR” and “GHOST BRAIN.”
Crosbie and his art present an always exuberant invitation to profundity and glee.
- Barry Spacks
Since the beginning of the Summer Solstice Celebration, there has been a flier or poster announcing the Celebration to the community. Michael Gonzales, originator of the Solstice Celebration, designed the early fliers and posters. Since the first poster competition in 1974, local artists submit their artwork each year by January when all entries are hung at the Sojourner Restaurant in Santa Barbara for the community to vote for their favorite.
As the Solstice Celebration grew in size and notoriety, so has the demand for additional Solstice Products. Now the winning design is imprinted on Posters, T-Shirts and hats. Sales of these items generate much of the revenue needed to produce the Solstice Celebration.