Mayfest 2008 Poster Unveiled

THE TRUMPETER: Mayfest Chair Mary Jo Sartain and Mayfest poster artist Tim Jessell unveiled this year’s Mayfest poster May 1 at OSU-Tulsa. The artwork, titled “The Trumpeter??? features the downtown skyline, tulips, butterflies and a tiny trumpeter, modeled after Jessell’s younger daughter. The piece was done digitally and will be available for sale at Mayfest, May 15-18.

MIRANDA ENZOR for GTR Newspapers

The original artwork for Mayfest 2008 was unveiled Thursday, May 1 at the Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus, located at 700 North Greenwood Avenue.

Stillwater resident and illustrator Tim Jessell is this year’s poster artist. Jessell graduated from the University of Tulsa with a bachelor of fine arts degree, graduating cum laude in commercial design. Jessell’s realistic “with a twist” illustration style has been used in editorial, advertising, book, and institutional categories. His work has been recognized by several leading design competitions including: Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibitions, receiving the Society’s Gold Medal award, Addys (local, regional, and national), Print and Graphex, and received numerous “Best In Show’s”.

When asked to describe the digital poster art, Jessell says “it is a celebration of spring, the arts and downtown Tulsa.” His inspiration for the artwork, titled “The Trumpeter,” “stems from spring nymphs found in old paintings.”

Posters will be available for purchase after the unveiling at the Mayfest offices, located at 321 S. Boston Ave., Suite 101 and the souvenir shop during the festival, May 15-18. For more information on Mayfest, visit

Mayfest is presented by MidFirst Bank. Other sponsors include The Children’s Hospital at St. Francis, Williams, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Metropolitan Real Estate Investors, LLC, Smoothie King, Corona Extra, Hille Foundation, T.D. Williamson, Inc., OSU-Tulsa, The Gelvin Foundation, Straxis Technology and Crowne Plaza.

Updated 05-02-2008

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