U.S. Air Force Illustrator Bryan Lopatic Wins 30th Annual Hampton Bay Days Poster Contest
Hampton, Virginia- Hampton Bay Days, the city’s largest annual festival, is happy to announce Bryan Lopatic as winner of the 30th annual Hampton Bay Days Poster Contest! Lopatic’s design will be used as this year’s official 2012 poster.
“It’s an honor to have my artwork represent the 30th annual Hampton Bay Days festival,” said Lopatic. “I know this is a big milestone for the event and I’m excited to be part of it. An event like this is inspiring to me because it brings together art, conservation, and community. I’m looking forward to meeting new faces and unveiling my latest artwork at the festival. Draw on!”
Lopatic will receive $250 cash, in addition to 50-percent of the proceeds of the auctioned original work. He will also receive a complimentary booth at the festival, September 7-9, 2012, to sell other original artwork.
An illustrator for the U.S. Air Force for over 30 years, Lopatic earned his college degree as a graphic illustrator. Many of his illustrations and paintings have been presented to generals, VIP’s, dignitaries, and even the Secretary of the Air Force. He illustrated the cover of “7 December 1941, The Air Force Story”, which covers the events of Hickam Air Force Base during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Lopatic is currently working with drawing materials but has extensive experience in different mediums.
Lopatic provides beginner video lessons at www.artacademylive.com. He is presently displaying some of his works at Blue Skies Gallery in Hampton. Lopatic has memberships in numerous art leagues in the Hampton Roads area and teaches classes through Poquoson Parks and Recreation. Release of his DVD, “Intro to Drawing & Drawing Dolphins” is an enjoyable experience for beginners. He has taken workshops and studied with numerous artists, including portrait artist Daniel Greene and illustrator Sorayama of Japan. A native Pennsylvanian, Lopatic now resides in Poquoson, Virginia.
In 1982, Hampton Bay Days was created as a unique outlet to educate the public on the importance of the Chesapeake Bay in the Hampton Roads region, as well as the rest of Virginia and Maryland. The goal of the festival is to provide an entertaining atmosphere while ultimately serving the greater purpose of highlighting aspects of the bay and promoting its upkeep and conservation.
This year, the festival will take place September 7-9, 2012. About 200,000 people are expected to attend the 30th anniversary celebration in downtown Hampton. Activities include live musical entertainment, over 100 merchandise and craft vendors, a 30-minute fireworks display, bay education area, and more.
The Hampton Bay Days schedule is as follows:
Friday, September 7- Noon - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 8- 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 9- Noon - 6:00 p.m.
More information on the 30th annual Hampton Bay Days can be obtained by calling 757/ 727-1641 or by visiting www.baydays.com. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Hampton Visitor Center at 757/727-1102 or 800/487-8778.