City's annual Commemorative Poster unveiled
(COLUMBIA, MO) - Kate Gray’s oil artwork titled "Thunderstorm on the Katy Trail" has been unveiled as this year’s Commemorative Poster for the City of Columbia. Unveiled Thursday, Aug. 29, the artwork was selected from 40 images submitted by mid-Missouri artists through a jury process.
Gray is a graphic designer, artist and the gallery director for Boone County History & Culture Center’s Montminy Art Gallery. She has more than 30 years of professional experience in all areas of communication and design. Gray is an award-winning professional fine artist and is a signature member of the Missouri Watercolor Society.
Gray created her piece after biking the Katy Trail to clear a creative block.
"Once I reached the bird preserve, I stopped, got off my bike and walked out into the open field. The sun was trying to set, but a thunderstorm would have nothing to do with it. I watched the sky light up with thunder and lightning, so powerful, it took my breath. Flash after flash, I watched as the world of nature around me became shockingly beautiful," Gray said. "Inspired, I returned to my studio, drenched in rain and created this painting inspired by the hidden jewel of Columbia - the Katy Trail."
The Commemorative Poster was unveiled at The Atrium on Tenth where John and Vicki Ott hosted this year’s Celebration of the Arts. Funds raised by the event go toward the Columbia Arts Fund, an endowment which provides support for local arts organizations.
The 2019 Columbia Commemorative Poster, "Thunderstorm on the Katy Trail," can be purchased for $20 at the Convention and Visitors Bureau, 300 S. Providence Road. The City’s Commemorative Poster is a program of the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs and sponsored by Commerce Bank and Miller’s Professional Imaging/MPIX.