On August 21, 2017, the path of a total solar eclipse will be passing over the entire United States. My hometown of Weiser, Idaho is right in the path of the eclipse, making it a prime location to view this awesome phenomenon. To commemorate such an amazing occasion, I designed this limited edition poster. An eclipse passing over a fiddle might not make sense to someone who hasn't been to our small town, but someone who has visited would understand why I chose this design.
Weiser started hosting the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest in 1953. Since then, the contest has become a part the culture of Weiser. Growing up, I looked forward to walking through the campgrounds each summer and listening to the musicians who had traveled from all over the world to compete in the contest. I gained exposure to a strange assortment of bluegrass instruments, including everything from banjos to upright basses made from wash bins. It was a week when the town came alive; performances in the park and the parade brought everyone out into the late-June heat to celebrate. Listening to fiddle music while sipping freshly squeezed lemonade made for a great way to spend an evening. I drew on these memories to create this poster. The date, time and location of the total eclipse is marked in my design, and I combined watercolor painting and digital art to achieve this look.
I want to thank all of the people that have purchased a poster so far. This eclipse is now another reason for people from all over the world to experience my special hometown. I would love for everyone to have a way to remember this event by, and I hope that this poster is it. If you have questions or inquiries, do not hesitate to contact me. I am hoping to add more art and designs to my website soon, so stay tuned!