Landis Bahe has been selected to create a suite of three original artworks for the official posters of the 2012 Vegas Valley Book Festival. His original acrylic paintings will be used to create the collateral and branding materials for the three components of the 2012 festival: the main Book Festival, the Children’s Book Festival, and of course, the Comic Book Festival:
Bahe was born in Tuba City, Ariz., and is a member of the Navajo nation. His cultural heritage is featured prominently in a majority of his art. The art pieces Bahe creates, from tattoos to skateboard designs, and sculptures to paintings on canvas, are enriched with Navajo culture. He paints these images and themes for his children who are growing up Las Vegas, where he has his studio and where he works with Corner Stone Gallery and at Sticks and Stones Tattoo Company, located in Hooters Casino. The artist has received an honorarium of $1,500 for his contributions to the festival.
A panel of arts professionals reviewed submissions from among 47 artists who answered a call for artists, and selected four finalists — Bahe, Suzanne Silk, Juan D. Varela, and Joseph Watson — who were presented to the VVBF Steering Committee. Bahe was selected as the 2012 Vegas Valley Book Festival Poster Artist. As the featured poster artist, Bahe will participate in several events that highlight his work and serve to further heighten awareness of the festival as a literary event that also has strong ties to the visual communications community.