We are starting a series of posts so that you can get to know our artists better. Our first one features Vermonter Jason Bemis, who created our gorgeous poster. If you would like to know more, please contact him via his website.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a native Vermonter and I am currently practicing color design, bio-mimicry and strategic branding with Bemis Resource Group, as well as developing new lectures and experiential based curriculum for The Mastery Institute that revolves around environmental psychology and ontological design. I recently became a lead presenter for the International Association of Color Consultants North America where I have been applying my skills as a musician, artist, and designer to highlight relationships that we have with nature and one another. I then apply my knowledge of color, in the physiological and psychological realms, to facilitate healthy man-made environments that support the human experience. For me, my exploration as an artist in never ending and is a constant attempt to mirror the seemingly infinite interconnections that I see all around.
2. How did you come up with the idea and design of the poster?
I had three main objectives when I came up with the idea for the poster. My first goal was to attempt to tell a visual story of Orpheus and Euridice through the eyes of composer Ricky Ian Gordon. My second goal was to apply to this to the collaborative vision proposed to me by Jeff and Quincy Bruckerhoff and Director/ Choreographer Keturah Stickann. Lastly, to draw an association to The Vermont Marble Company in beautiful Proctor, Vermont where this production will be taking place this summer. I then combined all of these elements to create a design and used color to fortify a strong association to the mood of the story.
3. Are there other places around Rutland and greater Vermont where we can see your work?
There are currently two places in the greater Rutland area. The first being a Mural at the Coffee Exchange in downtown Rutland that uses vivid color, poetry, and the geometry of the wall its painted on to explain the deep interconnected dance between the Earth, moon, and sun.
The second Mural resides at The Rutland Winters Farmers market and uses the Image of a Tree and its relationships to Vermont’s pollinators as the central metaphor for the community that surrounds the farmers market.
There is a second mural at the farmer’s market that is currently in progress. I am available as a freelance artist and specialize in murals that I create using a wide range of styles.
What do you think of our poster? I absolutely love it. I was so thrilled when Jason Bemis agreed to design a poster for us. I knew it would be beautiful, but I really think he has captured the essence of the story we are trying to tell. Jason is a Rutland based artist and you can learn more about him on his website.