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Harry Potter illustrator Mary GrandPré to design 2013 Bradenton Blues Festival poster

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Mary Grandpre Poster _ 2012

Mary GrandPré (left) and Paula Murray with the 2012 Bradenton Blues Festival poster. COURTESY PHOTO

Her magic touch is returning.

Mary GrandPré, the famed illustrator best known for her cover and chapter illustrations for the American editions of the Harry Potter books, has signed on for a second year to create the poster for the Bradenton Blues Festival.

Proceeds from sales of the limited-edition poster and original artwork will benefit the festival's youth outreach programs, including "Blues in the Schools."

"We're thrilled that Mary GrandPré has agreed to once again illustrate the Bradenton Blues Festival poster," said Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, the organization behind the Bradenton Blues Festival, in a statement.

"Last year's striking poster was iconic—an instant classic. It also became a coveted collector's item and helped us raise much-needed funds for our youth education programs. We're grateful to Mary for her generosity and dedication to this festival and to our community."

As she did last year, GrandPré is working with designer Paula Murray of ArteFact Design to create the poster. Murray also designed the festival's logo that graces print ads, billboards, t-shirts and caps.

Both women are blues enthusiasts. Murray is a blues drummer while GrandPré fills her studio with the music of such blues greats as Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal and Etta James.

"It's a treat to be able to work together on a project that fuses our love of art and music—and also benefits our community and its youth," GrandPré said in a statement.

According to Isham, only 200 limited-edition copies of the 2013 poster, signed by the artist, will be available for sale. Isham said the 2013 posters will be available for purchase for $50 starting Oct. 15 at Keeton’s Office & Art Supply, 817 Manatee Avenue West in downtown Bradenton. GrandPré's original artwork will be auctioned off on the day of the festival.

For more information, about purchase of the 2013 Bradenton Blues Festival poster or original artwork, contact Morgan Bettes of Realize Bradenton at Morgan@RealizeBradenton.com. Subject line should read: "Bradenton Blues Festival: Inquiry about 2013 poster."

The 2013 Bradenton Blues Festival returns to downtown Bradenton's Riverwalk Dec. 7 with Shemekia Copeland headlining.



Wade_Tatangelo_by_Mike_Lang_HT_06212013 Wade Tatangelo has been an entertainment reporter, columnist and reviewer for more than a decade at publications nationwide. He is a Hershey, Pa., native who grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida. Wade joined the Herald-Tribune in 2013. He can be reached by email or call (941) 361-4955.
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