Black Swamp Arts Festival reveals 2022 poster design – BG Independent News


The Black Swamp Arts Festival (BSAF) has unveiled its 2022 poster ahead of this year’s festival, scheduled for September 9, 10 and 11.

This year’s poster features art by local resident and artist, Kathleen Pahl, as well as layout and design elements by local graphic designer, Kelsey Mackley.

The poster will be available at a special poster signing event on Friday, August 19, 2022 between 6-7 p.m. at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St., Bowling Green.

Pahl shared the following artist statement regarding the poster:

“For the 2022 poster, the aesthetic decisions were based on the evening festival experience. The lines have a visual rhythm to mimic the music. The palette is a memory of a night under the stars, listening to bands play, electric blues, purple skies and evening chill. However, the concept of searching, discovering and emerging played the most important role in the design of the poster. To incorporate these concepts, I used an abstract landscape and then hid the salamander mascot of the Black Swamp Arts Festival.There are 17 salamanders hidden in the swamp and chaotic intertwining lines and colors.

“The act of seeking and helping the salamander to emerge is an allegory for our daily search, discovery, and hopefully emergence with a new, more complete perspective of the world we inhabit. More than ever, it is necessary in our society for the individual to ‘seek and find’ different perspectives, get out of their own worldview and find empathy with their neighbors. This is a cornerstone of art: the performance of spectator to, in essence, seek, find and emerge inspired. The Black Swamp Arts Festival brings neighbors together to celebrate these different perspectives through the joy of art and emerge inspired. ~ Kathleen Pahl

Pahl was also the poster artist for the 2019 festival. She has resided in Bowling Green for over 20 years, having first moved to the community to attend Bowling Green State University (BGSU) to earn her BFA. In 2021, she also obtained an MFA from BGSU. His paintings will be exhibited during the festival at Gallery 131, located at 131 W. Wooster St. in downtown Bowling Green. An exhibition of Pahl’s works is also planned for the end of September at Schedel Gardens in Elmore.

[RELATED: Painting exhibit celebrates Kat Pahl’s creative journey]

All work for the BSAF, including poster art and graphic design, is strictly voluntary. The festival would not be possible without the work of many dedicated volunteers in the area. Volunteers are still needed for this year’s festival, and information about volunteering at the festival can be found at

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