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Feb 22 2012

Call for Poster Artists for 2012 Wooden Boat Festival, deadline March 31st

The first Festival poster by Georgia Anne Sears.

At this time we would like to invite all local artists to participate in the creation of a unique work of art that will represent Wooden Boat Festival 2012. For 22 years the poster has been the face of our celebration, and with the image replicated on t-shirts, a much sought after memento of the festival. Creation of a poster for the Festival is a tradition that dates back to the origins of the event in 1990.The first poster was a three color serigraph print of a Lake Pontchartrain oyster lugger, by Georgia Anne Sears.

Following in the same tradition, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum is opening a search for an artist that can provide an accurate depiction of the 2012 theme: historical boats that have played a part in Louisiana’s 200 year history. This year, 2012, is the state bicentennial, with commemorations of the war of 1812, the first steamboat voyage down the Mississippi River, and the celebration of commerce and culture provided by boats on the bayous, rivers, and lakes of our region.

Artists interested in being considered by the selection committee should submit a brief biography, statement of vision, sketch for the work, an indication of the medium to be used in preparing the artwork, and samples of prior work, preferably in electronic format. All submissions are welcome, but must arrive electronically to,, or to the Martime Museum at 133 Mabel Drive, Madisonville, LA, by 4:00pm on March 31st, 2012. The person chosen as the 2012 Poster Artist will be officially recognized at several festival events and provided with an artist vendor tent at the two day festival.

Please call us at (985)845-9200 with any questions.

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