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Indian Wells Arts Festival Poster Art Unveiled

Indian Wells Arts Festival producer Dianne Funk unveils the original artwork for this year's poster at Indian Wells City Council meeting, assisted by Indian Wells Mayor Ted Mertens. Photo by Pat Krause.
Indian Wells Arts Festival producer Dianne Funk unveils the original artwork for this year's poster at Indian Wells City Council meeting, assisted by Indian Wells Mayor Ted Mertens. Photo by Pat Krause.
An original painting has been selected as poster art for the 2014 Indian Wells Arts Festival, and the painting was unveiled Thursday with the Indian Wells City Council, event promoters announced.

The festival is scheduled April 4 through April 6 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Tickets for the festival are $12 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free. For more info visit www.indianwellsartsfestival.com or call (760) 346-0042.

Here's the statement from Indian Wells Arts Festival organizers:

Julie Dunn, an award winning fine artist whose unique style, known as "Tempera Batik" painting on paper, has been selected as the 2014 Indian Wells Arts Festival poster artist. Titled "Indian Wells," the 25.5 inch x 19.5 inch landscape artwork was created especially for this  year’s festival.

The original painting was unveiled today at the Indian Wells City Council marking the 12th annual Indian Wells Arts Festival, April 4 through 6, 2014, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Commemorative prints, made from the original, will be for sale both online and at the festival.

"The City of Indian Wells is extremely proud to be the home of the annual Indian Wells Arts Festival and applauds Festival producer Dianne Funk for her vision and hard work," said Indian Wells Mayor Ted Mertens. "The Festival is an integral part of the Valley's cultural scene and makes some of the finest artistic creations and experiences accessible to people of all ages."

"The 'Indian Wells' painting is a composite of places," said Dunn. "The view looking at the mountain range is visible from the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, as well as the rocks, desert vegetation, and beautiful flowering cactus on Miles Ave.  I wanted the image to reflect the beauty of the natural desert alongside the man-made enhancements, that is, settled areas with colorful landscaping."

Dunn's technique is characterized by a vivid use of color, two-dimensional textural surface and compelling imagery. The tempera batik technique begins with a pencil line drawing that is then drawn over with a permanent marker pen. Next, the artist paints inside the marked lines with layers of tempera paint.  Once dry, the piece is entirely inked with waterproof India ink, allowed to dry again, and is then carefully rinsed with water. After dry-mounting, the painting is further detailed with tempera paint, then spayed with workable fixative and clear acrylic to protect the finished surface.

"Julie's compelling desert landscape artwork and complex technique were a beautiful fit for this year’s poster art," said Dianne Funk, Indian Wells Arts Festival producer.  "Many of our festival attendees have enjoyed and purchased her work over the years. We are delighted that she chose to create a special piece just for our festival."

"The honor of being chosen as the poster artist was immense for me!” said Dunn. “I was thrilled to be selected, and have strived to create a beautiful image of Indian Wells for the festival!  My level of excitement is definitely increased, as I'm hoping that many people will be inspired to visit my booth, learn more about my technique, enjoy my work, and hopefully go home with something special from me!  I'm planning to have a beautiful space filled with many original paintings and limited edition fine art prints, depicting the desert, my home area of the Central Coast, endangered species, and some gorgeous flowers!"

Dunn has been showing at the festival since 2007; this is her eighth consecutive year.  She has won several awards for her paintings, including two first, one second, and two third place awards in her category of 2-D multimedia at the Indian Wells Arts Festival.  Collectors of her work are attracted to both the abstract and representational qualities found in her paintings.

"My paintings are a personal reflection of the world around me. I enjoy creating works of art that are inspirational and uplifting. In an era filled with high technology, stress, and an endless stream of 'bad news,' I like to draw attention to the beauty which is often overlooked, in our fast-paced, modern lifestyle."

Tickets for the festival are $12 for adults with children under 12 admitted for free. Parking is free and valet is available. For advance tickets, commemorative prints or further information, visit online at
www.indianwellsartsfestival.com or by calling 760-346-0042.

Celebrating its 12th year at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Indian Wells Arts Festival has been rated one of the
100 Best Fine Art Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine, and 2014 Top 100 Event by the American Bus Association. The festival seeks out and brings together a wide variety of high quality fine art and quality craft to delight its audience of residents and tourists alike.

More than 10,000 attendance and $650,000 in reported art sales in 2013, the Festival incorporates a number of local charities as Festival Partners and donates to their art scholarship funds.

New this year will be the Coachella Valley's first-ever Objet Trouvé Found Art Festival, according to organizers. Objet Trouvé is the idea of using every day objects and 'found' materials to create works of art.

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