Kurt Anderson’s oil painting selected for the Venetian Festival

CHARLEVOIX — For residents of Charlevoix, the month of July is a time when we often think about preparations for the long-awaited event that attracts thousands of people to the city and brings joy to the local economy: the Fête Venetian.

This year’s eight-day extravaganza features a lineup of live musical events, carnival rides and more; officially starting with Aquapalooza on July 16 and ending with the fireworks show on Saturday July 23.

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In this current pre-Venetian haze of early July, the 2022 festival artwork was recently unveiled to the public. An oil painting by Kurt Anderson of Harbor Springs was chosen. This is an impressionistic colorscape inspired by a photograph taken by Tim Salmonson of Charlevoix.

Kurt Anderson holds his painting, the commemorative artwork for this year's Venetian Festival.  Posters, t-shirts, brochures and more will display the image.

The image will be displayed on t-shirts, bags, brochures, festival posters and everything else; serving as a visual place-maker for participants who wish to commemorate their memories of this particular summer.

There have been 21 paintings chosen over the years – starting in 2000 and only skipping a year for the COVID-19 pandemic. Anne Golski, longtime Charlevoix resident and Venetian Festival board member, spearheaded this annual artistic tradition, which each year has become one of the most visually recognizable aspects of the festival.

Anne Golski, board member of the Venetian Festival, which selects the featured artist each year, holds a t-shirt with this year's painting by Kurt Anderson printed on the front.

After:Charlevoisien passionate about art creates a Venetian tradition

If you’d like the chance to own a piece of Venetian history, Anderson’s original 2022 Venetian Festival painting will go up for auction at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 22. To make an offer on the artwork, call Golski at (231) 675-2164 by 6 p.m. the same day.

Anderson grew up in Detroit in the 1960s, which he says greatly influenced his love of the arts. In September, he will exhibit at the Cercle des Arts de Charlevoix in collaboration with 2012 Venetian artist Kevin Barton.

To learn more about Anderson, visit www.kurtbriananderson.com.

A calendar of Venetian festival activities can be found at www.venetianfestival.com.

Contact journalist Annie Doyle at [email protected]

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