Hometown Artist Wins 2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival Art Poster Contest

2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival
July 27, 28 and 29, 2018



Hometown Artist Wins 2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival Art Poster Contest

April 27, 2018 (Gilroy, CA): The annual Gilroy Garlic Festival Art Poster Contest welcomes submissions from across the country, but this year’s first-prize winner and other top place finishers are all hometown artists who hail from the Garlic Capital of the World.

The winning poster was created by Gilroy artist Chris Dufur. As First Place winner, Dufur receives a $500 prize, and prints of his winning design will be available for sale during the 40th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 27, 28 and 29, 2018.

Winning artist Chris Dufur said, “This was the first art contest I’ve entered—so it feels pretty good to win! I have a passion for art and enjoy having my work out there for people to see.” Dufur submitted three different entries in different styles; his winning poster was done in traditional watercolor paint and features a metal tub of fresh-picked garlic bulbs in a field against a backdrop of rolling green hills and trees. Dufur says he was inspired by his teacher and mentor Scott Lance (who won in 2009), his twin brother (who is also an artist), and friends and family who encouraged him to enter the contest.

The Art Poster Contest committee received 33 entries from all over the country, including artists in Florida, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Texas. Ruth Ann Irving of Gilroy won second place and a $250 prize. Third place and a $100 prize went to Deborah Walker Schwarz, also from Gilroy. And Gilroy’s own JoAnne Perez Robinson won $200 for the “Association’s Choice” prize, voted on by volunteer members of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association.

During the Gilroy Garlic Festival (July 27-29, 2018), prints of the winning poster will be available at the Garlic Mercantile stores for $10 each. The poster design will also be featured on other Gilroy Garlic Festival merchandise. For more information, go to gilroygarlicfestival.com.


About the Gilroy Garlic Festival
The Gilroy Garlic Festival will be celebrating 40 years of family fun on July 27, 28, and 29, 2018, at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, California. The Gilroy Garlic Festival has been officially certified by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® as the world’s largest garlic festival and draws over 100,000 guests from around the world. Presented by Raley’s, Bel Air, and Nob Hill Foods, this three-day celebration features gourmet garlicky food, live entertainment, cooking competitions, and fun for the whole family. For more information, go to www.gilroygarlicfestival.com.


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