2021 Hummingbird Festival Poster Art
The Hogansville Charitable Trust has announced that the annual Hummingbird Festival will be held this year. Last year’s festival was canceled because of the pandemic, said Festival Chair Jason Stewart.
“We’ve been watching the Covid numbers and we’re hopeful that the downward trend in infections continues,” said Stewart. “Everyone is excited to have the Festival go forward this year.”
The Festival is held on the third weekend in October in downtown Hogansville, and often draws a crowd of 15,000 people. This year will be the 23rd annual Hummingbird Festival.
The Festival art contest was held in early spring last year, when there was still hope of having a festival. LaGrange artist Andy Porter’s hummingbird painting was selected as the winner.
“We all loved Andy’s stylish, bow-tied hummingbird,” said Stewart. “It may end up being one of our most popular T-shirts.” Each year, the winning hummingbird art represents that year’s festival, and is used in T-shirts and posters available for sale to the public.
Porter’s whimsical hummingbird painting expresses one of the artist’s passions.
“In 2016 I started selling my handmade bow ties to raise money for a mission trip to Haiti to work with All Things New Orphanage,” said Porter. “In the Spring of 2017, I went to Haiti and fell in love with the kids and the country. Since returning home, my family has sponsored two of the kids in the orphanage and sales of my bow ties helps further their ministry.”
The Covid pandemic wreaked havoc on Haiti, much like the rest of the world. “I painted the little bow tied hummingbird with hope that it would raise awareness for those less fortunate than us,” said Porter.
Porter and his wife have lived in downtown La-Grange since 2007. They recently celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary and they have two children, ages 11 and 6. He is the Custom Design Manager at Interface and loves that his job provides opportunities to serve in the community. “I’ve been able to lead many local projects, from trash pickups at West Point Lake, to DASH’s Paint the Town program and even the mural on the side of the LaGrange Art Museum,” said Porter. “I love getting involved to make a difference.”
Porter’s original framed painting will join artwork from past festivals on the walls of City Hall in downtown Hogansville. Graphic designers are at work on the T-shirt and poster designs. T-shirts will be available for sale beginning in late summer. The Festival will be held October 16th and 17th.