I won . . . Free Beer


From the SFJB,

Pollard, Ehrisman Winners of JazzFest T-shirt Contests


For the first time ever, the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society held a design competition to determine the volunteer shirt and official festival shirt for JazzFest 2009.


Mark Pollard, graphic designer and owner of Visual Solutions Group submitted the winning design for the festival’s official shirt which will be for sale at this year’s festival.  Pollard was going for a “vintage” look with his design.  “I think this festival will be going on for years and years to come, and I wanted to design a graphic that was simple and timeless,” he said about his work.

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Local graphic designer and visual artist, Scott Ehrisman was the winner of the volunteer t-shirt design, which was based on the Thelonious Monk quote, “Jazz is freedom.  You think about that.”  Volunteer t-shirts are free to each and every volunteer that works at the festival.  Over 800 volunteers work at JazzFest each year.  “We always try to integrate a quote or some kind of fun theme into the volunteer shirt this year,” says Katrina Lehr-McKinney, executive coordinator of the Jazz & Blues Society.  “This year’s quote by the great jazz pianist Thelonious Monk resonated with us, reminding us why jazz music is such an important part of America’s cultural heritage.”


The Jazz & Blues Society plans on holding more design contests to bring new opportunities for local visual artists in the community.


#1 grudznick on 06.05.09 at 7:18 pm

If there’s free beer, I’m there.

#2 Zed de la Muerte on 06.05.09 at 9:20 pm

Yay for free beer!

#3 l3wis on 06.06.09 at 7:08 am

I even get to sit in that fancy platform by the stage if I wants. WoooHooo. I was disappointed though that the SFJB wouldn’t print my quotes in the press release. Here’s a couple of them.

“I look forward to drinking FREE beer in the VIP tent.”

“I look forward to sitting next to the honorable mayor Munson on the VIP platform.”

#4 Snark on 06.06.09 at 8:27 am

Congratulation to you and Mark.

If you’re not using that seat I’ll keep it warm for you as long as that free beer is the good stuff.

#5 Snark on 06.06.09 at 8:42 am

says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Hey, I thought my comment was already pretty moderate.

#6 monetdali on 06.06.09 at 9:02 am

nice work, scottie! scottie, DON’T — scottie, DON’T! 🙂

#7 Oliver Surden on 06.06.09 at 9:32 am

I new you could do it Scott! Way to go!

#8 Sy on 06.06.09 at 3:37 pm

Congrats Scott, nice to see them get it right. I like the sentiment and the desgin a lot. Bump X 2.

#9 Ghost of Dude on 06.08.09 at 6:25 am

Very nice. If I’m not in the hospital waiting to catch a baby, I’ll have to show up and con someone into a free beer.