Glastonbury's 43rd annual Apple Harvest Festival season kicked off on Sept. 6, as the CT River Valley Chamber of Commerce revealed the poster design for this year's fest.
The Apple Harvest Festival will take place Oct. 13, 14, and 15 at Riverfront Park.
The poster was designed by Glastonbury native and GHS graduate Johnny Dombrowski, who happens to be the stepson of chamber President Mary Ellen Dombrowski. The design uses a limited color palette and has a retro-chic quality, while simply depicting a certainly very Glastonbury-esque apple orchard near a river.
Dombrowski, the artist, is a resident of New York City, and was unable to attend the unveiling. He is an award-winning illustrator who has his bachelor's degree in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts. While pursuing a freelance illustration career, he also works as the senior graphic designer at the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan. His clients have included Sports Illustrated, Variety magazine, ESPN, Wired, USA Today, Studio Canal, Men's Health, and The Village Voice, among others.
"Growing up in Glastonbury, the Apple Fest has always been a favorite memory of mine," he said, via a submitted statement. "When the CT River Valley Chamber of Commerce asked me to illustrate this year's poster, I wanted to evoke that memory by pulling from vintage travel posters – the likes you would see in the '30s and '40s. I can stare at those advertisements all day – they're so beautiful and peaceful. With that in mind, I wanted to show that perfect getaway in the town's surrounding nature and history – A slice of life as warm and welcoming as a slice of apple pie."
The design was created from scratch in Adobe Photoshop, using a Wascom Cintiq (tablet for drawing).
"He is an amazing professional artist," Mary Ellen Dombrowski said. "It's a different kind of art than we've had on any of our posters."
Jeff Bodeau, of Bodeau Realty Group at William Raveis, was the sponsor again for the poster.
"Jeff has been the sponsor for the past four years," Mary Ellen Dombrowski said. "He's been a great supporter of all of our events, along with his team."
Approximately 20 chamber members and staff were at the unveiling.
"It looks like you're up at Rose's Berry Farm," one person said of the poster design. "One thing I like about it is that it's easy to read."
For more information, visit www.crvchamber.org.