Festival Unveils 2019 Commemorative Poster
"The Salmon Run Before and After” is the title for the official 2019 Skagit River Salmon Festival poster created by award-winning Northwest artist Ramon Shiloh. The poster is hand rendered using colored pencils and ink.
"The art represents the life of the Sockeye, Coho, Chum, Pink and Chinook swimming against the force of the river bed; leaping to reach its destination," Shiloh says.
"Leaping with our tired and determined sockeye, Salmon Spirit is a reminder their life cycle continues on.
The plight of the Salmon is constant. Weaving through territory and terrain, it’s a delicate balance of life and death struggles; where our five extraordinary salmon are drawn to spawn so their offspring have a place in the natural order of things.
We take part in its beauty, ritual and sustenance all year round, in every season. We must protect them.
We must respect their place on earth.
Or we too, will fade into extinction without them."
This colorful poster will be for sale at the Festival on September 7 at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon.
Ramon Shiloh Named 2019 Featured Artist
We are pleased to announce that Ramon Shiloh was selected as the 2019 Skagit River Salmon Festival's Featured Artist. Shiloh has illustrated several award-winning children's books. His favorite medium to work in is colored pencils and ink. Shiloh will be creating an original work for the Festival to be announced in early May.
Shiloh’s other activities include support for arts programs related to minority issues. For example, his contributions to Native youth projects include serving as a mentor for the “Young Native Voices Theater Education Project” in Los Angeles. He was honored with a certificate of appreciation as a facilitator and storyteller for the Underground Railroad Research Program titled “A Trail of Tears” in 2000. Shiloh has also worked with Rosa Parks.