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					October 1, 2009
For Immediate Release
Contact: Adrienne Stewart, Marketing Coordinator
         adrienne@festivalinternational.com
         337.232.8086


             Festival International Selects 2010 Poster Artists!
Lafayette, LA – Every year, Festival International de Louisiane seeks out a local Acadiana artist
who creates, with passion, a piece that embodies the spirit of Festival. The Official Poster Artist
creates that one piece of art which symbolizes the heart and soul of Festival International de
Louisiane and our unique culture. As the largest Free Francophone festival in North America, we
often explore the connections between Acadiana and the Francophone world through music –
pairing genres that complement one another. This is the same concept we wanted to achieve by
pairing two artists that work in different mediums to create a single piece; which has only been
done one other time in Festival International history (1992 Festival Poster Artists: Butler &
Geldersma).

This year, Festival International de Louisiane is delighted to announce M. Craig „Whoojoo‟
McCullen of Lafayette AND Bonnie Camos of Lafayette as the 2010 Festival International de
Louisiane Official Poster Artists. Whoojoo and Bonnie were chosen as the 2010 Poster Artists
because of their great talent as individual artists as well as their passion and appreciation for
Festival International de Louisiane.

“We are really excited about having Whoojoo and Bonnie as our 2010 Official Poster Artists.”
said Dana Cañedo, Executive Director of Festival International de Louisiane. “This is only the
second time in the history of Festival International where we have two artists collaborating on a
single piece, and we are very excited about the possibilities. Whoojoo and Bonnie‟s individual
works are amazing. We‟ve had THE best artists over the last 23 years and this collaborative piece
will be a unique and brilliant addition to anyone‟s Festival collection.”

Craig McCullen owns Whoojoo Glass Studio and Art Gallery in downtown Lafayette. The gallery
displays both his art and the works of other Louisiana Artists. The Studio part of his gallery creates
stained glass windows for churches, homes, and businesses. This past year, Craig McCullen
completed eighteen stained glass windows for New Iberia Catholic High School's new chapel, ten
windows for Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Rayne, and the rose window and mosaics for
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Broussard. His studio also restored the stained glass windows at
Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Lafayette, Stained Glass windows that came from the old St.
John Cathedral.

Craig McCullen received his both his BFA and MFA from LSU concentrating in stained glass design
and glass blowing. He continued postgraduate studies with leading contemporary glass artists of
the world in the San Francisco Bay area. He later explored techniques of glass casting with glass
blowing at The Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. His art is among collections from
Boston, MA to San Luis Obispo, CA. He has exhibited his art in galleries throughout the South
including the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, FL. He is
a member of the Acadiana Arts Council and the Stained Glass Association of America. Craig
McCullen is an artist member of the Baton Rouge Gallery.


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Bonnie Camos has been involved with many public art projects in Lafayette from 2001 to the
present. She has received awards from Faith House Women‟s Shelter, Acadiana Arts Council and
Downtown Lafayette Unlimited. Camos‟ works are in the permanent collections of Faith House
Women‟s Shelter, Hospice of Acadiana and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and have been
collected throughout the United States and abroad. Bonnie Camos has a BFA Visual Arts degree
from the University of Louisiana and is a member of the Lafayette Art Association, Crowley Art
Association, and the Louisiana Crafts Guild. Bonnie Camos recently was a part of The Big Easel in
River Ranch as well as created a piece for the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra‟s: The Painted
Instrument Collection.

Camos‟ work is based on color and the impact it has on human emotions. She uses the encaustic
medium to explore the possibilities of color relationships. By reducing the face or figure to the
most simplistic shapes, she tries to represent a “universal picture” of man. “I mean to suggest the
connection we all have to each other through our life experiences and the emotions elicited from
these experiences,” says Bonnie Camos. Camos‟ interest is in mixed media work using oils/
encaustics; acrylic/paper arose from years of experimentation. The spontaneity of the wax
medium combined with the richness of the colors became a primary force in the creation of her
latest works.

We encourage everyone to view original pieces by Whoojoo and Bonnie Camos while visiting
downtown Lafayette. You can visit Whoojoo Glass Studio to see original pieces by M. Craig
„Whoojoo‟ McCullen, 532 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, Louisiana or call (337) 269-9310 for more
information. You can also visit Jefferson Street Market to see original pieces by Bonnie Camos,
538 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, Louisiana, or visit www.jeffersonstmarket.com for more
information.

Formed in 1986, Festival International de Louisiane is a community-based, non-profit arts
organization that provides a FREE family event celebrating the French cultural heritage of
southern Louisiana – primarily a combination of French, African, Caribbean and Hispanic
influences. Celebrate the 24éme Festival International de Louisiane from April 21-25, 2010 in
downtown Lafayette, Louisiana. If you would like more information on Festival International de
Louisiane, please visit www.festivalinternational.com or call (337) 232-8086.

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