Festival of Whales Logo History
2013 – Steven Kazarian
1st place winner in Dana Hills High School logo design competition
Dana Hills class of 2012 alum Steven Kazarian was chosen as this year’s winner. His artwork will become the official logo of the Dana Point Festival of Whales and be featured on all event advertising—including OCTA bus wraps, festival website, signage and logo apparel.
We caught up with Steven at the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, Calif., where he is a freshman, to let him know his artwork had been chosen.
“For my design to stand among professional artists like John Van Hamersveld and Wyland who have created logos in the past is an absolute honor,” Kazarian said. “I remember having a great time at the festival as a kid. It definitely made an impression on me. Even back then I felt pride in being a part of Dana Point and seeing the whole town come out to celebrate the whales.
Kazarian said he would like to thank his teachers for being helpful and encouraging him to enter the contest, especially since graphic design is just a hobby as his main artistic interest is in digital photography.
“I really got into art in my junior and senior years and was shocked at how much it helped open my eyes to the possibilities of digital photography,” Kazarian said. “Although I’m hoping for a career traveling the world as the head engineer on a ship, art and photography will always be a way for me to express myself and share my point of view.”
When asked about what he drew inspiration from when creating his winning entry, Kazarian pointed out that he wanted to include some of the best things about Dana Point in his design.
“I love Dana Point and thought it would be a great way to show some of the best parts of it—everything that makes the city great,” he said. “Also, last year’s contest inspired me to try. I am ecstatic, absolutely psyched at being chosen.”
Read more: Dana Point Times – Artistic Festival of Whales Tradition Continues
Andrea Swayne, Editor, Dana Point Times
2012 – Carver Moore
1st place winner in Dana Hills High School logo design competition
Background on Dana Hills High School Educator and Festival of Whales Logo Champion
Dana Hills High School Digital Photography teacher, Natalie Hribar-Kelly, grew up in San Juan Capistrano where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. Following earning her undergraduate degree in fine art from UCLA and her Master’s Degree in Education from UCSB, Hribar-Kelly interviewed at her alma mater, Dana Hills High School where she was hired to teach art. In her first year, she designed the Digital Photography program which quickly grew from one to five sections. Hribar-Kelly is currently in her final semester at CSULB earning her Master Degree in Fine Art. She says that her advanced art degree has offered her students a more diverse curriculum and a teacher that has a better understanding of the current art trends and culture.
In the spring of 2011 Hribar-Kelly received an e-mail from the Dana Point Festival of Whales executive director requesting a collaboration with the DHHS art classes to create a poster for the 2012 festival. Hribar-Kelly thought it was a perfect opportunity for her students to engage with the community, get work published and learn how to create a poster for an event. She quickly designed a lesson for her students and began teaching them the techniques needed to create an event poster. She is thrilled with the success of the project, and the opportunity to get her students involved with this event. Based on the overwhelming success of the collaboration, Hribar-Kelly and the festival’s executive director worked on the 2013 logo as well. For 2014, Hribar-Kelly will lead the curriculum for logo development and include the advanced Illustrator class. More good things are on the horizon for the 2014 Festival of Whales – stay tuned!
2011 – 40th Anniversary
The original version of this logo was designed in 1992 by Nestor/Johnson Design, San Juan Capistrano. This retro version of the logo ignited many a trip down memory lane for visitors that have been collecting Festival logos over the past few decades.
2010 – John VanHamersveld
American graphic artist and illustrator who designed record jackets for pop and psychedelic bands, since the 1960s. Albums include Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles, Crown of Creation by Jefferson Airplane and Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones. Many know VanHamersveld best for his famous “Endless Summer” illustration.
2009 – Rick Erkeneff
Rick Erkeneff is a multi-talented artist, active surfer, skateboarder, and snowboarder. He and his partner Denise operate R&D Design in Dana Point, CA and have two active daughters who are in following their father’s artistic and sports enthusiast path.
2008 – Bill Atkins
Laguna Beach artist specializing in poster design, illustration, and most recently one of two designers that created the California Coastal Commission’s new “Whale Tail” license plate.
2007 Howard O’Donnell – Mother Gray Whale and Her Baby
“While planning this watercolor scene of a mother gray whale with her baby in tow, I was inspired, by both personal sightings and videos observed of the great whale migration, to paint the giant mammals as they make their journey up and down the coast of the western seaboard.
I tried to capture the elegant graceful movements of a 50-ton mother gray whale and her baby as they glide effortlessly through the warm and shadowy depths of the ocean.”
2006 – Phil Roberts
Artist, Architect, Master Painter, Surf Artist, Movie Poster Illustrator
2005 George McGhee – Dana Point Rendezvous
“The Dana Point Rendezvous painting was inspired by several factors that involve the annual migration of the Gray Whales along the pacific shelf near the coastline of southern California.
After reading about the history of Dana Point and the seaman/author Richard Henry Dana after which this beautiful city was named, I set out on a venture to find out what exactly inspired Richard Henry Dana to call these 200 foot cliffed coves known as the Headlands, “the only romantic spot in California.”
So I went out one morning for a cruise just before sun rise just to see for myself what all the excitement was about, and what an eye opening revelation.
The sunrise was spectacular with the sky’s many shades of blues and lavender, with hues of orange, red and gold dusting the clouds and ocean.
At that point it was clear to me that the Dana Headlands will be a great source of inspiration. (Especially after also spotting a pair of whales on that trip).
I’m positive that Seaman Dana encountered various forms of wildlife during his travels along the California coastlands some of which must have been the majestic Gray Whales as he approached the headlands, therefore making his voyage complete with a rendezvous with the whales and his beloved coastland.
The painting “Dana Point Rendezvous” is about what I envision, and imagine that Seaman Dana experienced during his many trips to this enchanted coastal area now called Dana Point.”
Both George McGhee and Howard O’Donnell are members of the Dana Point Fine Arts Association (DPFAA) which began as the Niguel Art Association and had its roots in a group formed by six area artists in 1968. These local artists were interested in offering South County residents greater exposure to the fine arts, and to create a venue promoting the many talented artists within the community. In May 1989, the Niguel Art Association became an official non-profit 501(3)(c) corporation. The association was renamed in February 2007 to Dana Point Fine Arts Association. The current priorities of the DPFAA remains in line with the goals of the founding artists, most significantly of which is the most active show schedule of any art association in Southern California; promoting the marketing knowledge and capabilities of our member artists; and support of the development of the local high school art program.
2004 George Sumner – For the Love of Whales
As a pioneer in the “save the whales” movement in the late 60s, George Sumner has influenced an entire generation of marine artists. This environmental impressionist painter chose the theme of the incredible bonding between mother and calf immediately after birth. For the first two years after birth, mother and baby are inseparable, constantly touching and nurturing each other.
“For the Love of Whales”, a 4′ x 5′ original oil painting seeks to share a touching moment of a young gray whale calf snuggling lovingly against her mother’s warm embrace. The abundant giant kelp beds that help conceal the baby from predators symbolically form a heart shape to reflect the logo’s theme.
1993 – Wyland
1992 – Nestor/Johnson Design, San Juan Capistrano.