Local Artist to Make a Splash with Launch of Boat Parade T-shirt

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Local artist Elliott Smith has created a new look for the 2nd Annual Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival of Lights.

Local artist Elliott Smith has created a new look for the 2nd Annual Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival of Lights. His work will be launched on commemorative T-shirts, which will be available to the public for the first time on Saturday, December 3 during the Winter Park Christmas Parade on Park Avenue. The artist will be at the parade from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. to sign a limited supply of commemorative T-shirts, starting at $17 each, with proceeds benefiting the Albin Polasek Museum. The T-shirts will be available in front of the Auke of Winter Park Store, 316 N. Park Avenue, and at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, 200 West New England Avenue, or online at http://www.winterparkboatparade.com/tshirts.aspx

Smith, a 24-year-old commercial artist who graduated from University of Florida magna cum laude, redesigned the logo to help his favorite holiday tradition make a unique splash. He has been designing T-shirts and logos since the age of 14 and has gained national recognition for his work in creating popular commemorative shirt designs.

The accomplished artist explains his motivation for focusing his talents on the design, “Having spent so much of my time with the Orlando/Winter Park community, I was excited to begin my own involvement with the Boat Parade as now a young professional eager to be a part of the local community.” He added, “I see it as my chance to offer my own personal, professional, artistic touch to a community that for so many years I only watched go on as a kid, and am looking forward to seeing it all come together in a successful, cohesive event that I know everyone will enjoy and look forward to again next year.” This versatile artist also performs as a singer, songwriter, and pianist in the Stillbreak music group who just recorded their second CD. Listen to some of Smith's creative works at http://www.smithplaysmusic.com.

The artwork will be highlighted at the annual Boat Parade on Saturday, December 10, starting at 6p.m. on Lake Virginia and Lake Osceola. The public will be invited to watch the moonlit parade from The Albin Polasek Museum at 633 Osceola Avenue, or the Dinky Dock on Ollie Avenue near Aloma Avenue and Rollins College. For more information go to http://www.winterparkboatparade.com or call 407-206-6512.


Janet Horvath-Pino 407-206-6512


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