Lowcountry artist, Gullah culture featured on 2016 Spoleto Festival USA poster

Lowcountry artist, Gullah culture featured on 2016 Spoleto Festival USA poster

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Spoleto Festival USA has unveiled it's new poster for 2016, featuring a celebration of Gullah culture by Charleston-based artist Jonathan Green.

The poster features the painting, "Harvest Gathering," and is an extension of Green's involvement in the 2016 Spoleto Festival USA. He is also serving as the visual designer for this year's production of the opera Porgy and Bess. The 40th season for Spoleto runs May 27 through June 12 in numerous venues around Charleston.

This is the second time Green's work has been feature on the Spoleto USA Festival poster. His painting was first used in 2004. General Director Nigel Redden called Green the obvious choice for this year's poster.

"Jonathan Green is a wonderful visual artist renowned for his iconic depiction of Gullah culture in the Lowcountry and his insight into the people whom DuBose Heyward described in his novel, Porgy," Redden said. "His vibrant colors, his unique vision of Gullah life, his way of making a simple scene seem monumental, will all make Spoleto Festival USA's production of Porgy and Bess something to remember. Having his work featured on the poster is an extension of this tremendous contribution to what promises to be a truly celebratory 40th season."

Porgy and Bess opens Friday, May 27 at the Charleston Gaillard Center. All six scheduled performances are already sold out. The Festival is also offering daily Porgy and Bess walking tours and other culturally related programs.

The 2016 poster is available for purchase. The limited edition prints are $35 and often sell out. They can be purchased from the Festival's box office at the Charleston Visitor Center or by calling 843-579-3100. You can find more information on the Festival website by clicking here.

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