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Work by Kristine Humber Chosen for 2023 Newtown Arts Festival

With banners flying and bright colors, the work of Newtown resident Kristine Humber has been chosen as the signature art of the 2023 Newtown Arts Festival, (https://newtownartsfestival.com/) set for September 22-24, with an opening concert on Friday night on the grounds of the Festival in Fairfield Hills.

Born in Canada, Ms. Humber attended college there in Graphic Design. After marrying her husband Tom, she went on to London, England where she trained with a “wonderfully talented Special Effects Artists at Steven Spielberg’s animation company, Amblimation.”

She has worked with Disney as a Special Effects Artist at their Orlando studio including The Lion King and five other major animations.

With Netflix’s “Angry Birds, Summer Madness.” Kristine was back into animating Special Effects via Toon Boom software.

After studying Surface Pattern Design, she has concentrated on creating works that will be applied to textiles and other surfaces. Her  patterns are all begun as original ink, pencil, watercolor or gouache paintings.

Kristine was one of the four artists who created the Doors of Fairfield Hills in 2020 and visitors to the Arts Festival will remember her at the Terrific Totes tent.

Now in its eleventh year, The Newtown Arts Festival, which is sponsored by the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission, presents visual and performing arts. It features the Festival’s “Freeway,” where attendees can experience some visual arts as part of their entry fee under the guidance of professional artists.

In addition, the Beer and wine garden will be returning as well as the Food Trucks and the shade tents that enable enjoying the festival no matter the weather. There will be music both days and the 2022 festival sold out spaces for artisans. Artisans & Vendors who would like to participate in this year’s Festival. Access: https://newtownartsfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/2023-Artisan-Application.pdf

New this year will be former Festival chairman Terry Sagedy returning as Creative Director. “Newtown’s long-standing cultural traditions,” Terry said, “Have been showcased by the Arts Festival for over a decade now. This year, we’ll see the return of the outdoor event at Fairfield Hills as well as the revival of some favorite events like Ris-a-Verse and the Three Wordsmiths leading up to the weekend’s festivities.”

“The Newtown Arts festival is not only meant to bring the arts to as many people as possible in as and affordable way as possible” said Laura E. Lerman, chairman of the Newtown Cultural Arts Commission and one of the three coordinators of this year’s festival. “It’s also meant as a community event.” The two other Festival coordinators are Cultural Commission Vice-Chairman Andrea Spenser and Festival Grounds Chairman Jen Cebry

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