Woodcut printmaking and paper artist Hannah Gebhart was selected to design the 2022 Smoky Hill River Festival Print. A native Salinan, Gebhart is a Des Moines-based woodcut printmaking, paper artist, and founder of DinoCat Studio.
“Sun-Kissed” is a multi-block linocut print created by carving each color (yellow, blue, green, and black) on its own block and then printing the layers on top of each other. The festival print was inspired by the scenery of Central Kansas and how the natural elements connect to the Smoky Hill River Festival. Sunflowers radiate joy, positive energy, and good vibes – just like the River Festival. Gebhart states, “I absolutely loved going to Artyopolis as a kid. My parents would pretty much set me loose in that area of the festival and let me go wild.”
Limited-edition commemorative Festival prints are available with a $100+ donation to the Smoky Hill River Festival. Full sponsor perks and donation opportunities can be found HERE.
The 2022 Festival T-Shirt was designed by Salina native, Hannah Gebhart, Des Moines, IA.
“Is That Funnel Cake?” is an on-edge quilling piece. Quilling is the art of using strips of paper that are cut and manipulated into shapes and then glued standing up, creating a dimensional piece of art. The t-shirt was a great opportunity to have a little bit of fun and create a piece that ties together so many of the fundamental elements of the Smoky Hill River Festival. The buffalo and meadowlark are images with a strong tie to the area, but what are they doing together? Are they chatting about the festival jam and performances happening throughout the weekend? Or maybe they’re getting excited about hitting a favorite food stand they’ve visited together for years.
The quilling design was transferred to the t-shirt design by using a unique CMYK screen print process. This process uses superfine, tightly woven mesh screens and 4 colors to create all of the colors and dimensions of the piece.
“Is that funnel cake?” quilled piece By Hannah Gebhart.