Augusta Poster Show two days only July 14-15

Jason Craig posed a simple question.

“What inspires you about Augusta?”

And with that the curator of the Augusta Poster Show sparked the creative brains of 30 artists not just of those living in Augusta, but of some with ties to the city who live in other parts of the country.

Their answers, in poster form, will be on display July 14 and 15 at CANDL Fine Art, 1128 Broad St. A VIP event is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. No cash, just card, he said. The show will be free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

“Some are just ‘welcome to the Garden City;’ one is a Coca Cola tour from 1956. Some are very specific,” said Craig of the artwork in the show.

Rachel Baker, Kenneth James Benson, Carrie Brooks, Brian Brownlee, Dawn M. Cardona, Degan Cheek, Jason Craig, Matt Dawson, Mikaela Fuchs, Roberta Hall, Lila Jimenez, Leanne Munro Johnson, Tiraj Johnson-Garay, Andrew Lawandus, Jeremy Mace, Cait Maloney Gabe Marshall, Brett Mosher, Addison Niday, Jon Paschal, Matt Schaade, Colleen Beyer Stewart, Peter C. Stitt, Brad Stoneking, Chad Tolley, Jacki Van Dyke, Autumn Von Plinsky, Drake White, Josh Whiting and Leonard Porkchop Zimmerman have all created posters for the show.

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The toughest part of curating the show, said Craig, was paring down the 67 applicants to 30.

Craig likened it to baking a pizza. While there are great ingredients out there, not all flavors complement each other.

He was looking for a cohesive aesthetic, he said.

All the posters will be for sale; any art that doesn’t sell out will be available online here.

At the first show two years ago, some artists’ works sold out quickly, he said.

To avoid a bottleneck at checkout, people will buy their posters and go to the Westobou Gallery to pick them up after they leave the reception.

Charmain Z. Brackett, the publisher of Augusta Good News, has covered Augusta’s news for 35 years. Reach her at Sign up for the newsletter here.

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