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Carmel Art and Film Festival Goes Blue

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2013 Festival Poster and Fine Print Unveiled

December 3, 2012 (Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA) – In a town famous for film, celebrities, and dogs – the art world’s most famous dog will take center stage at the 2013 Carmel Art and Film Festival.

George Rodrigue has been selected as the Carmel Art & Film Festival’s featured artist for 2013. With studios in New Orleans and Carmel this Louisiana native best known for his iconic Blue Dog paintings thinks of California as his second home and, for the first time in a decade, will spend a full year working on the Central Coast. “For years I’ve given back to my home state of Louisiana,” says Rodrigue, “but California has given me just as much, and in 2013 I hope to return the favor.” Rodrigue will be an integral part of the festival, designing and creating the 2013 poster and print, working with young people, hosting a grand carnival celebration during the festival, and so much more. “We are so excited to be working with George this year,” says festival CEO and President Tom Burns. “We are planning a major collaboration to coincide with a Rodrigue retrospective at the National Steinbeck Center, fundraising campaigns for arts programs benefiting young people, and an overall year long celebration of George’s work, culminating with the festival in October.” Rodrigue’s print design, to be released early next year, will be incorporated into all aspects of the festival’s marketing and collateral materials.


About the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts:

In 2009 George Rodrigue formed GRFA as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation advocates the importance of the visual arts in the development of our youth. GRFA encourages the use of art within all curriculums and supports a variety of art educational programs.

In addition to providing financial assistance in the arts and other areas, GRFA will plan, develop, and implement a series of unique educational art programs that are specially designed to enhance and expand art curriculums, despite continuing state and federal cutbacks.


About the festival:

The Carmel Art and Film Festival is expected to draw over 8,000 attendees in 2013.  CAFF showcases the best of independent cinema, contemporary art, music and photography from around the globe including narrative features, documentaries, shorts, student films, and retrospective and premièring films. Looking to educate and entertain, the festival also includes an interactive lecture series, Women in Film Program, panel discussions, and an emerging artists music program.  A 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization, the Carmel Art and Film Festival supports local and regional charities and offers several scholarships to established and emerging art and film students. The Fifth annual Carmel Art and Film Festival will be held October 9-13, 2013 at several venues including on the famous white sands beach of Carmel-by-the-Sea.  For more information: www.carmelfilmfest.com