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KDF names native Louisville artist as creator of 2015 official poster

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Though it's months away, planning for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival is already happening.

Festival officials have named Louisville native Karen Boone as the artist for the festival's official 2015 poster.

“I love being the Kentucky Derby poster artist,” Boone said in a statement released by Derby officials. “Growing up in Louisville, I have always enjoyed the community aspect of the festival. It's an honor to have my artwork represent KDF once more.”

Boone is a Sacred Heart Academy and University of Louisville alum. She went on to earn her Master's degree from the Basel School of Design in Switzerland.

Boone has completed stints working in Amsterdam, for Pentagram in New York and San Francisco, and in Tokyo.

Boone says her current work explores nature with all natural paints. The upcoming Kentucky Derby Festival poster art was painted traditionally with organic oil paint, and was created by mixing real earth pigments with organic walnut oil.

"I live very simply, and with as low a carbon footprint as possible,” Boone said. “I wanted to bring an aspect of that to the Festival art. I am a very green artist and have had recent art shows using natural milk paint.”

This marks the third time Boone has been selected to create the festival's official poster. She also created the festival's official posters in 1996 and 1999.

She owns and operates Karen Boone Design in Louisville, and services clients both locally and in Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, New York and around the Midwest.

The upcoming poster will be unveiled at KDF's first event of 2015, “Festival Unveiled.”

The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26 at The Ice House on East Washington Street. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door and will be available starting Jan 9.

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