YMCA Unveils Festival Artwork

  • Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Summerville Family YMCA is pleased to announce local artist, Michael P. Ashmen, as the artist chosen to represent the Y’s flagship fundraiser, the annual Flowertown Festival. For the 2013 event, his artwork A Gem Among the Blooms and Cherry Blossoms will be utilized on the festival’s promotional materials. 
A Gem Among the Blooms was inspired right here in Summerville. Ashmen’s use of acrylic and airbrush technique for the background gives the composition vibrancy as the use of complementary colors enhances the dangling blue blooms of the wisteria. The painting embodies one of the many beautiful scenes found in Summerville, including the gardens at the Y’s Flowertown Festival.
“The Y is so excited to further our relationship with local artists at Art Central Gallery,” Linda Walton, Development Director at the Summerville Family YMCA states. “When I saw A Gem Among the Blooms I knew it would be prefect to represent the 41st Annual Flowertown Festival!”
Ashmen’s artwork, Cherry Blossoms, which displays a scene of birds frolicking in a Cherry Blossom tree, will also be used in the festival’s promotional materials as it exhibits familiar wildlife in the Summerville area.
“God is the true artist, I only hope to capture a glimpse of his creation,” Ashmen states. ”I am honored that my artwork was chosen to assist in raising funds for the organization, and in promoting the Festival.”
Ashmen’s enjoyment of painting local wildlife and nature sprouts from his youth as he spent most of his time exploring the nature of river banks and creeks in New Jersey, where he was raised. Ashmen’s artwork has won three State Duck Stamp Design competitions, Delaware 1995, Delaware 2000 and Colorado 2006, which helped him launch his career as an artist. Ashmen is an artist of Art Central Fine Art Gallery in Summerville, and has been a resident of Summerville since May of 2007.
A Gem Among the Blooms, Cherry Blossoms, and the 2013 Flowertown Festival can be seen in publications such as Southern Living Magazine, Charleston Magazine, Charleston Style & Design and Skirt! Magazine, as well as displays at the Charleston International Airport and billboards in the Charleston area.
The 41st Annual Summerville Family YMCA Flowertown Festival will be held April 5-7, 2013. For more information on the Flowertown Festival please visit www.flowertownfestival.org. 
The Flowertown Festival was established over 30 years ago as an “azalea festival” to help raise money for the YWCO (Young Women's Christian Organization), this nationally acclaimed arts and crafts festival now attracts over 200,000 people each year and provides the YMCA with the necessary funds to continue its outreach mission into the community. For more information about YMCA Flowertown Festival, please call 871-YMCA (9622).

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