Jazz Pensacola’s Board of Directors has selected art created by cartoonist/graphic designer Mike Suchcicki for the 2019 Pensacola JazzFest poster and marketing materials.
Jazz Pensacola recently held a poster art contest and received submissions from across the state. It selected Suchcicki’s work because of the design's strong sense of place. One of Pensacola’s most colorful landmarks, the city’s legendary Graffiti Bridge is the central image in Suchcicki’s design. The scene also depicts a sports car speeding toward the viewer, driven by local drummer and Jazz Pensacola president Fred Domulot. A group of silhouetted jazz musicians is assembled atop the bridge, with vibrant notes streaming around the scene.
“It was important to me that the poster image feature a definite sense of place,” Suchcicki said. “Also, I wanted the scene to be naturally colorful and eye-catching, and there is nothing more colorful in the city than Graffiti Bridge. Also, I don’t know many more colorful individuals than Fred Domulot.”
Pensacola JazzFest, the signature event of Jazz Pensacola, will take place April 6 and 7 in Seville Square in downtown Pensacola. The festival celebrates America’s unique musical art form with a stunning lineup of top talent, from local jazz standouts to world-renowned acts.
"We on the Jazz Pensacola board really liked the humor and local scenery and color of Mike’s poster submission,” Domulot said. "And what can I say, personally, I liked being featured on the poster. Who knows, maybe Mike is finally giving me my 15 minutes of fame.”
The so-called "Graffiti Bridge,” also known as the 17th Avenue Train Trestle, is a railroad trestle that crosses 17th Avenue near the water at Bayfront Parkway near the foot of the Three Mile Bridge in downtown Pensacola. For years, the bridge has been the canvas for hundreds of graffiti artists, high school and college students, pranksters, political activists, public service agencies and even couples announcing their wedding dates.
In addition to being available for purchase at JazzFest as a suitable-for-framing poster, the image also will be used on T-shirts and on the festival brochure.
Suchcicki is a retired journalist, having spent more than three decades as a feature writer, editor, columnist, page designer and digital multimedia producer at the Pensacola News Journal. Samples of his creative work can be seen at his website, MikeSooch.com.