Alan Woolford of Grand Lagoon designs this year’s FBISF poster art
Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival administrators looked only a few miles from the event’s epi-center to find the right artist, Alan Woolford, to design the poster and t-shirt art for the 33rd annual event.
“One of our board members suggested that I contact Alan to see if he would be interested,’’ said Andy Haynes, director of the FBISF. “It turns out that Alan had designed the poster for the festival about 20 years ago.
“We all really like it and we hope festival attendees will. We have already received a lot of inquiries concerning availability and hope to have posters and t-shirts available for sale at the Flora-Bama by October 15.’’
Scheduled Nov. 9-19 nightly at its Flora-Bama home base and at multiple nights at least 20 other venues between Pensacola and Silverhill, the FBISF will feature more than 200 seasoned and aspiring songwriters and musicians from all over the world. The artists participate to have their songs heard and to network with peers, and the public will hear the stories behind the lyrics that only the song’s author can express.
Woolford has been working as a professional commercial illustrator and fine artist since 1981. He has held the positions of screen printer, darkroom technician, production artist and art director. He started working in the field of marine art around 1992, when he was approached to create t-shirt designs and paintings for local blue marlin, cobia, and kingfish tournaments.
He has produced hundreds of designs for fishing tournaments, marine oriented businesses, and special events in the USA, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Australia. His artwork has appeared in numerous publications, and he has many collectors nationally.
Alan’s philosophy is that he has been given a gift and that one day he will be held accountable for his life as an artist. “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required” is the Bible quote he uses to sum up that philosophy on his website (alanwoolfordart.com).
“I would like to be able to express appreciation for all the submissions we received,’’ Haynes said.
Pictured: Woolford, a Pensacola native, lives in Grand Lagoon with wife Vicki, daughter Hannah, and son Wade. He owns and operates Big Lagoon Designs and works on commission from his home studio.