Nathan Gorey of Baltimore, Maryland has been selected as the Visual Artist for the 22nd Annual Western Maryland Blues Festival. The annual event will be held June 1-4, 2017 in Hagerstown, Maryland. His original artwork entitled “Playing the Blues Together” will be used for the festival’s posters, t-shirts, programs, and promotional material. Attendees of the Blues Festival will be able to purchase chances to win the original piece at the four-day festival. The visual artist was selected through a blind jury process of submissions sent to the Washington County Arts Council.

“Nathan’s unique and exciting artwork captures the joyful spirit and energy of Blues Fest. It’s a wonderful piece with which to celebrate our community event’s 22nd anniversary,” stated Western Maryland Blues Fest Founder and Chair, Carl Disque.

Nathan Gorey is a graphic artist and illustrator currently living and working in Baltimore, Maryland. He will be featured at a month-long gallery exhibit at the Washington County Arts Council at 34 South Potomac Street in the heart of Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment District. The exhibit will open on Thursday, June 1, 2017 with a reception from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The show will remain on display until Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Nathan has a large body of work that he is readying for display and sale.

“It has been exciting that the Blues Fest Committee has chosen Nathan Gorey as the 2017 Poster Artist,” said Mary Anne Burke, Executive Director of the Washington County Arts Council. “We hope that this opportunity with the 2017 Blues Fest will expand and promote his career as a graphic artist and illustrator by generating new professional opportunities for him.”

Nathan recently received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Towson University’s Graphic Design program with a focus on illustration. Heavily influenced by beach and surf culture, eastern philosophy, and childhood nostalgia, Nathan’s work emphasizes approachability and rhythm – both through color and composition. He has created imagery for a wide range of projects, including musicians, natural food products, and private commissions.

You can follow Nathan on Instagram at NATMAKEN or visit his website at www.natmaken.com.