Santa Barbara, CA., March 23, 2015 – For the first time (and following a three-year wait list), the Santa Barbara Bowl is proud to be joining Downtown Santa Barbara’s State Street Flag Program. Two decorative designs on 125 flags representing the Santa Barbara Bowl will flank the popular State Street corridor the week of March 23-29, 2015.
State Street Flags helps drive awareness for local non-profits by hanging flags along State Street in weekly installments. The colorful flags, each with a custom design, showcase a variety of Santa Barbara community organizations and downtown events.
“We are thrilled to become a member of the State Street Flags Program,” said Rick Boller, Executive Director for the Santa Barbara Bowl. “It’s an opportunity for more local residents to get to know the Bowl not only as an amazing music venue, but as the leader in youth music education in the city.”
The Bowl’s 125 flags will feature two designs uniquely portraying the Bowl’s Main Stage with alternating backgrounds of the night sky including twinkling stars. Designed by Jake Early, adapted by Meredith Reeback and interpreted by Art Fisher, the Bowl flags represent a culmination of years of dedication from a collaborative trifecta of talent that has been working quietly behind the scenes to hone the Bowl’s visual presence.
“We are lucky to have such creative geniuses focused on the Bowl’s brand aesthetic,” added Boller. “The result is a powerful image that sums up the very soul of the Bowl.”
Jake Early, a Chico, California artist and fine art serigrapher — as well as longtime Bowl supporter — designed the Bowl’s new logo in 2010 as part of his California Landmark series. The series reflects iconic structures, landmarks and landscapes of California including the Santa Barbara Bowl.
“The common thread in all my work is about place,” said Early. “Places I love, places that are sentimental… and the Bowl is clearly one of those places.”
Jake’s ties to Santa Barbara run deep, especially since his wife’s family lives in the city. “I attend as many shows as I can when in town,” added Early. “It’s such a special venue to me … that’s why I included it in my series.”
Meredith Reeback, principal designer at Homegrown Graphics, and Art Fisher, graphic designer for the Bowl and principal designer at In Color, transformed Jake’s artwork into a dynamic and useable logo. Fisher then interpreted and adapted Jake’s original illustration into day-to-day merchandising and advertising uses for the Bowl.
“I was able to logo-ize Jake’s original artwork into many different versions for every type of use from logos in ads to embroidery, on cups, posters and shirts,” said Fisher.
The flags will run the length of Stage Street from the Waterfront through Historic Downtown until March 29, 2015.
“It feels pretty amazing to be able to help the Bowl get this kind of attention, and to have my artwork featured on State Street,” added Early.
The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation
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