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Twin sisters make history creating Derby Festival poster

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville artists and twin sisters -- Jeaneen Barnhart and Doreen Barnhart DeHart -- have been selected as the Kentucky Derby Festival's Official Poster Artists for the 2014 Festival.  They are the first artists in the history of the Festival's Poster Series to have their artwork chosen four different times. The siblings also collaborated on artwork for the Festival's Official Poster in 1994, 1997 and 2009.

Both sisters received Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees from Alfred University in New York and have collaborated on a number of award-winning projects, in addition to their individual artistic accomplishments. Jeaneen specializes in painting and drawing and Doreen in graphic design. 

"Jeaneen and I are very excited and proud to once again create the Kentucky Derby Festival Poster," said Doreen. "It is just as thrilling as the first time we collaborated as a sister team in 1994."  Said Jeaneen, "Over the past 20 years, we have built stronger bonds with not only each other, but with our entire community. So naturally for this year's poster, our hearts were really into it!" 

"The posters created by the Barnhart twins have always been fan favorites," said Mike Berry, KDF President and CEO.  "It's an honor and privilege to be working with them again for the 2014 Festival.  We think this piece will be just as popular as the others."

All of the Barnharts' Festival posters are among the top selling images. Fans can still purchase most of their previous artwork through the Festival's website at www.kdf.org.  For a limited time, a postcard set featuring their 1994, 1997 and 2009 images is being made available for $5 (for the set).  

The sisters' poster will be released at "Festival Unveiled" (formerly known as the Festival's Poster Premiere).  The event is set for Thursday, February 20th at The Ice House on East Washington Street.  In addition to unveiling the official poster and merchandise, other exciting elements of the 2014 Festival will also be announced. 

Tickets for the event will go on sale in January.

Over the years, the Derby Festival's Official Poster Series has become a unique symbol of the community. Past designs decorate offices and homes throughout the city. Peter Max's expressionistic "Bluegrass Pegasus" launched the series in 1981, and a stylistic and geographical mix of artists have been showcased over the years. The signed collector editions continue to significantly increase in value, and the quality of the Poster Series has been recognized worldwide.

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