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Charleston Harbor Fest Unveils Poster Design

CHARLESTON, South Carolina – The cloak was lifted this evening revealing the winning artwork and Official Poster for Charleston Harbor Fest 2008. Jason Fletcher was introduced to an enthusiastic crowd at the Art Institute of Charleston as the winner of the Official Poster Competition for Charleston Harbor Fest 2008. Fletcher is a graphic artist at The Post and Courier and no stranger to receiving top honors for his designs. In fact, Fletcher was honored earlier this year as the winner of the Official Poster Competition for the BB&T Charleston Food & Wine Festival. For this competition, artists were asked to submit original work that reflects Charleston’s rich maritime history while incorporating Charleston’s modern harbor and highlights of the annual Harbor Fest event. Fletcher will receive a $1,000 check for his winning design, and his work will be featured in event advertisements, promotions, and on retail items for sale.

“I was going for sort of a classic look, and was inspired by old travel posters from the 20′s and 30′s – bright colors and big graphic shapes,” said Fletcher. “Since both the festival and Charleston are rooted in history, I wanted to create something that felt nostalgic.”

The judges of the Charleston Harbor Fest poster competition agreed unanimously that Fletcher’s design topped all others, after thorough review of thirty-two entries. Judges of the Charleston Harbor Fest contest included: Ann Long, John Duckworth, Ellen Dressler Moryl, Ann Silliman, Rick Jerue, and Brad Van Liew. The South Carolina Maritime Foundation would like to thank all of the artists that devoted their valuable time and talent to submit an entry in the contest.

To view the winning design and learn more about the 2008 Charleston Harbor Fest event, visit

Charleston Harbor Fest offers free general admission with opportunities to sail, row and peruse a large collection of classic wooden boats. The Palmetto state’s very own Spirit of South Carolina tall ship will be joined by the Freedom Schooner Amistad, Schooner Virginia and the Corwith Cramer, beautiful tall ships measuring more than 125 feet. Additionally, Harbor Fest’s authentic pirate camp will prompt children and adults alike to bellow their best “Argh!,” while those desiring a true hands-on experience can choose to spend the weekend building their own 12-foot Charleston Bateau as part of the family boat building program. The Education Village at Charleston Harbor Fest will provide interactive experiences for children to learn more about sail training, South Carolina’s maritime history, coastal conservation, and aquatic life. Great food, live music and the chance to walk the docks and admire the classic beauty of traditional boats—grand and petite—will draw a crowd from near and far.

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