Tulsa, Okla. (April 21, 2015) – The original artwork for the 2015 Mayfest poster, created by Tulsa artist Matthew Moffett, will be unveiled at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, at the Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus, located at 700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Moffett is a self-taught Tulsa painter. A former elementary art teacher at Eugene Field Elementary and Zarrow schools, he is now the director and co-founder of the Tulsa Girls Art School project.
Moffett began painting after the sudden death of one of his dogs. He painted the pet’s portrait to commemorate his companion. To date, he’s painted more than 1,200 pet portraits all over the United States and in several foreign countries.
This year’s poster painting is called Tulsa: My Cup O’ Tea, and features an art deco style, the Tulsa skyline and a teacup and saucer in bright colors.
“I was inspired by Tulsa rising out of a black, art deco tea cup to represent our oil past, and the wild paisley background to represent our colorful Renaissance happening in downtown Tulsa,” Moffett said. “In the reflection of the tea cup is an older oil-town Tulsa. The canvas is circular, representing how Tulsa’s downtown has come full-circle and will experience another golden age.”
Moffett describes his style as magical realism and full of symbols.
The reception will include the unveiling of the 2015 poster and recognition of the sponsors that make Mayfest possible each year.
Posters will be available to purchase at the Merchandise Tent at 4th Street and Main during the festival, May 14-17. Posters are $25 if signed by Moffett and $15 for unsigned.
The original artwork will be sold by silent auction, with a “buy it now” option. Bidding will take place at the Mayfest Invitational Gallery, located in the Williams Towers Lobby at 1 W. 3rd St. Bidding will take place at the Invitational Gallery Opening party on May 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. To buy tickets to the Invitational Gallery Opening, call (918) 582-6435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $25 each.
The artwork for this year’s poster will be added to the Mayfest mural by William Franklin. Each year, Franklin adds the current poster art to the mural on the wall of the official Mayfest Hotel, the Hyatt Regency. Painting will begin after May 1, at 3rd Street and Main, weather permitting.