Solstice Poster & T-shirt Design Winner Named

David Mark Lane, a South Coast artist and architect, has won the annual competition for the top Santa Barbara Summer Solstice T-shirt and poster design.

This year, the Summer Solstice theme is “Wonder.” The popular event is marking its 45th annual parade and festival from June 21 to 23 at Alameda Park. The parade starts at noon June 22 at State and Cota streets.

Lane and his artwork “Wonder If!” were selected as the winners of the poster and T-shirt contest and receives a $500 honorarium. Originally from Hartford, Conn., the artist has worked and lived in Santa Barbara, California since the 1990s.

He worked with his hand-drawn sketches, and completed the work in Photoshop. Lane has created a new media form he likes to call “primitive digital.”

“This artwork recalls the era when the Solstice Celebration was begun,” he said.” I’m so happy to be selected this year. No. 3 is a charm. It’s my third time entering the contest.” Some of the artist’s work can be seen at www.society6.com/davidmarklane.

His art work, Solstice T-shirts and posters will be available for purchase at the Community Arts Workshop at 631 Garden St. A high-resolution image of the poster and the artist David Mark Lane are available upon request

“We hope this year’s theme tickles the creative imaginations and a sense of wonderment for the entire community and beyond,” said Solstice Executive Director Robin Elander.

The Community Arts Workshop opens May 9. Artists and the community collaborate to create costumes, floats, masks and bring the theme to life.

The Solstice season begins with a fundraiser at Pascucci, 729 State St., from 5 to 10 p.m. May 8. “Solstice artists, volunteers and local celebrities take over the restaurant as wait staff and bartenders in costume, but the Pascucci chefs thankfully remain the same,” Elander said. Proceeds support the 45th annual parade and festival.

The community can get involved in a variety of ways. More information is at www.solsticeparade.com.

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