Seaver design on Common Ground poster
Unity — Kate Seaver's drawing of medicinal herbs is featured on this year's Common Ground Country Fair poster (and T-shirts, cotton bags and other goods). The herbs that inspired the poster grew at Up-Beet Farm in Porter Village, the MOFGA-certified organic farm where Kate and her husband are MOFGA journeypersons in their second season of market gardening.
Originally from Fryeburg, Seaver grew up in the Fryeburg and Porter areas. She began creating art as a child and during her first visit to the Common Ground Country Fair, at age 13, she decided she wanted to design a winning fair poster someday. After working as a tattoo artist, she majored in illustration at Maine College of Art.
Her medicinal herbs poster drew on both backgrounds. She used Prisma colors, pencils with colors that blend, for the poster design.
"I had used those pencils for designing tattoos, because they blend the way ink would on skin," she said.
Her training at MECA helped, too. She hopes to expand her art by painting "not just the surface of things, but the energy I feel behind them." And she wants to continue to use her illustration talent to produce educational books and pamphlets about farming and herbs.
"I'm taking a course by video with Gail Faith Edwards [of Blessed Maine Herb Farm]. Deb Soule's garden [at Avena Botanicals in Rockport] was another inspiration. I saw the biggest mullein plant I've ever seen there," she said.
Up-Beet's produce and Seaver's art appear in the Seavers' new health food store and café, Good Health Grocery, on Route 25, next to the Porter Emporium. They will be selling produce from other farms, too. Seaver also waitresses at and sells her vegetables to Flatbread Company in North Conway, N.H., and has been commissioned to create artwork for that restaurant.
Seaver will be signing posters at the Country Store at the 2014 Common Ground Country Fair, set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 19 through 21.
Every year MOFGA holds a poster contest and welcomes all Maine residents and MOFGA members to enter submissions. Submissions are currently being accepted for the 2015 contest; deadline is Friday, Aug. 8. The poster guidelines and application are available online at mofga.org.
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