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Palm Harbor artist wins Clearwater Jazz Holiday poster contest

CLEARWATER — "Fusion" is a musical genre of rock and jazz; it's also the moniker of a winning pastel painting created by Palm Harbor artist Lorraine Potocki.

"I thought Fusion was the perfect name because of the musical connection and the fusing of elements within the painting," said Potocki, 58.

A committee also thought it was perfect, choosing it to represent the 31st annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday coming to Coachman Park on Oct. 14-17.

The painting, a 26- by 18-inch concert of pastels, was unveiled at the Dunedin Fine Art Center on Tuesday night.

Potocki was one of four artists from last year's Clearwater Jazz N Art Walk selected by the committee to compete for the poster design and prize of $1,000.

Gary Hallas, consultant for Clearwater Jazz Holiday, said Potocki's work was a standout.

"She captured the essence of what the 31-year history of Clearwater Jazz Holiday has been," he said. "And then the uniqueness of the pastels brought it all together."

The chosen artwork will be used on T-shirts, posters and publicity materials for the event that usually attracts about 60,000 music lovers.

Potocki paints realistic pictures of natural Florida, including birds, wildlife, sunsets and beaches. Fusion was more illustrative and symbolic than most of her works.

The pastel in dramatic colors is based on a lamppost in Coachman Park. Three vignettes are displayed inside the globes.

As Potocki studied the lamp design, she saw saxophones, musical notes and guitar strings. She felt the passion of a stunning Florida sunset.

Fusion was born.

"I think our most beautiful time is at sunset," she said, "and I tried to combine that with the emotion of jazz and music."

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Palm Harbor artist wins Clearwater Jazz Holiday poster contest 06/16/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 8:37pm]
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