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40 North is thrilled to announce the Signature Image for the 2018 Boneyard Arts Festival! After evaluating 100+ outstanding submissions, a panel of local arts professionals selected Lisa Kesler’s Happiness 2, acrylic with linocut collage, to be the signature image of the 2018 Boneyard Arts Festival! The Boneyard Arts Festival signature image is featured on all festival registration materials, posters, postcards, billboards, print and online advertising, as well as on the cover of the Boneyard Arts Festival quick guide.

“I prefer to paint abstractly so that I can concentrate on the colors and shapes and textures in my painting. I often use areas of repeating patterns to create a sense of rhythm and energy. Happiness 2 is a painting from one of my new series. I created it by combining two of my favorite mediums – acrylic painting and linoleum block printing. I printed geometric designs from blocks of linoleum that I carved. Then I applied the printed designs to the surface of my painting as part of the overall composition.”



Lisa Kesler is a painter and printmaker who works from her studio in Tolono. She studied painting at the U of I and received her MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She works in a variety of media including acrylic painting, encaustic painting, linoleum block printmaking, and letterpress printing. Her style and methods have been influenced by the places she’s lived: the Midwest, the desert Southwest, and the Pacific Northwest coast. She finds inspiration and ideas all around her, especially in vintage illustrations in magazines and books, textiles, and the decorative arts. To see more of Lisa’s work visit http://www.lisakesler.com.