Moon creating MusicFest poster

ARTIST ROBERT MOON was inspired by MusicFest
ARTIST ROBERT MOON was inspired by MusicFest's natural setting when he designed the iconic image for the 2013 event.
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Vancouver Island MusicFest turned to Comox Valley artist

Robert Moon to create the image for the VI MusicFest 2013 poster.

Moon, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, found his inspiration for the poster in the bucolic beauty of the festival’s grounds.

“As a visual artist the elements of water, forest, sun and moon have come to represent my experience of MusicFest,” explained Moon, “and I chose them for the elements of my poster.”

The image captures the gentle flow of the water in the river, the intensity of the sun and the soft light of the moon.

“The music is always memorable,” said Moon, “but it is in combination with the surrounding countryside that creates an enduring and complete experience.”

“He’s right,” agreed Doug Cox, VIMF artistic director. “We hear this all the time from our audience members and our performers. It’s that combination of wonderful music and a stunning environment that makes MusicFest unique. No other festival can offer an experience like ours.”

Robert Moon’s poster image will be used in all aspects of the festival’s marketing and promotional materials. Moon has generously donated the original work to the festival to be used in future fundraising initiatives.

Moon has shown his work extensively in the U.S., Canada and internationally and is represented in permanent museum collections in New York and San Francisco. He lives in Courtenay.

Vancouver Island MusicFest 2013 takes place July 12 to 14 at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds. For tickets, artist announcements and festival information, go to


— Vancouver Island MusicFest

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