The organizers of the King Biscuit Blues Festival in historic Helena have unveiled the winner of the 2014 poster contest. The festival celebrates 29 years this October. King Biscuit is, of course, recognized for the hottest sounds in contemporary and traditional blues music. But the event is also known for their annual collectible poster, featuring the winning artist from festival’s yearly poster contest.
This year’s winner is Rebecca Ann Edwards of New Orleans, La. The title of the piece is “The Blues Landscape of the South.” The contemporary work is acrylic, oil pastel, and India ink. The artwork features a blues man strumming the guitar, with a Highway 61 sign in the background, framed by a beautiful Delta sunset.
Edwards was born in Jackson, Miss., and grew up in Memphis, Tenn. She attended Delta State University, where she studied design. She lives in New Orleans, has a small studio and sells her artwork in Jackson Square and a gallery on Julia St.
Edwards’ winning poster will be featured on official King Biscuit Blues Festival merchandise. The dates for the 2014 KBBF are Oct. 8-11. Visit www.kingbiscuitfestival.com to find out more about the 29th annual King Biscuit Blues Festival.