Garlic Festival Art Poster Contest Winner 2016

garlic fest 2016 art poster winner

We are very proud to announce that Susan’s sister, Sherry Harig, won the Gilroy Garlic Festival Art Poster Contest for 2016. Sherry lives in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and her local newspaper covered the exciting news. Hope you enjoy getting to know Sherry. Be sure to stop by and see her at this year’s Garlic Festival, the last weekend in July, where she will sign your art poster that can be purchased at the Garlic Festival Souvenir tents.


Here’s the article and video from the Sierra Vista Herald.


Huachuca City artist wins national poster contest

California’s Gilroy Garlic Festival this summer will feature Sherry Harig’s work

Sherry Harig of Huachuca City recently won the 2016 Gilroy Garlic Art Poster Contest. Her winning poster will be used to promote the upcoming Gilroy Garlic Festival scheduled for late July in Gilroy, Calif.

The 69-year-old Harig was encouraged to enter the contest by family members residing near the town of Gilroy. Harig, who has attended the festival in the past, used her knowledge of the subject as a springboard for her winning creation.

“I chose burlap as the backdrop because garlic ships in burlap sacks,” Sherry explains. “I wanted to tell a story connected to the farming and shipping, rather than the consumption, aspect.”

sherry 2.jpgHarig’s poster combines acrylic paint and colored pencil on a burlap background with the end result being a mixed medium medley rich in texture and meaning. Harig credits her “Thursday Afternoon” group with assisting with her project.

That Thursday Afternoon group consists of Harig and three fellow artists who meet every week to work on art projects and exchange ideas. The Thursday Afternoon group recently finished a successful show at We Frame It Custom Picture’s new gallery on Fry Blvd.

“We help and teach each other,” Harig says. “And the combination of our talents propel each other further.”

A preliminary sketch of Sherry Harig’s award winning Gilroy Garlic Festival poster can be seen in the foreground as she prepares to work on another piece.

Art has taken this former military spouse far indeed.

In her over 30 years as an art teacher and muralist, Harig estimates that she’s completed over 200 murals. While living in Oklahoma, she received state grants to travel, teach and paint murals.

Harig fondly remembers working with schools, but now that she’s retired, she’s focusing her attention on her own artwork and developing her talents.

“It’s time for me,” she says.

Most of that me time is spent in her studio, a “she shed” located on her ranch near Tombstone. Between art projects, Rescue Ranch keeps her busy with everything from geese to guinea hens to goats.

“When I’m not making art, I’m making cheese,” she jokes.

In the meantime, Harig currently has two paintings at a Toscana Studio & Gallery in Tucson and is using her win as an opportunity for a family reunion.

“My sisters still live in the central valley near Gilroy, so we’re getting together,” she says.

Harig’s winning poster will be on sale at the festival and she will be on hand to autograph them.

“I had a lot of fun with this project,” she says. “Right now, I’m just riding the win and happy to be a part of it.”


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