DSO – Celebrating 20 Years of the Grateful Dead Experience

I have been creating artwork for Dark Star Orchestra for several years now. It is always a pleasure to work with them on the DSO Jubilee and their Spring and Fall Tours. But when the band asked me to design the logo to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of DSO, well, I was literally blown away. You see, I cut my teeth in the t-shirt biz by hustling GD shirts on Shakedown Street in the LOT. I was part of the Grateful Dead Experience. I was part of the GD economy. That experience helped make me the artist I am today. It help me grow my art and my business. For that, I am Grateful. It has been an honor to work with DSO over the years. And I hope they’re around for another 20yrs, because if a younger generation really wants to experience the Grateful Dead, there is NO other band that brings you closer to that experience than Dark Star Orchestra. I truly believe that. See you at the Jubilee!

Also, get out there and catch them on the Spring Tour which starts March 30 in Louisville, KY!

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Are Ready For The Jubilee 2017?

Super excited to do the artwork for the 2017 Dark Star Jubilee! Thank You Tim Walther and the kind folks of DSO for this awesome yearly opportunity.  I couldn’t feel more Honored or Blessed. Also, Congratulations to the band for their 20th Anniversary! Damn hard thing to do these days. It shows your work and commitment. Bless Up!

Can’t wait to get to Legend Valley, May 26-28, to catch three (3) nights of Dark Star Orchestra. Plus two (2) sets of Hot Tuna (acoustic and ELECTRIC!). Also looking forward to seeing for the first Greensky Bluegrass, TAUK and Twiddle! Let’s not forget Rumpke! Hope to see YOU at the Jubilee.

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Celebrating 20 Years with Fur Peace Ranch

Can you believe it!?. The Fur Peace Ranch is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year and KMS has been with them the entire time. What a trip. We have been blessed and honored to be able to develop all the FPR artwork. Congratulations on 20 years and a big thanks, respect and love for Jorma, Vanessa, Hurl. And all the FPR staff for their hard work and dedication.

To mark this historic occasion, KMS has created The Fur Peace Ranch 20th Anniversary commemorative poster. If you would like a copy of the poster, they will be available for purchase at the Fur Peace Ranch online store.

KMS does so much work for the Fur Peace Ranch, it’s hard to find the time to post it all. But here’s a sample of some recent work:

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As some of you may know, FPR has opened The Pho Peace Restaurant, 11am – 3pm Wednesdays and Thursdays. Come and enjoy Jorma’s Pho soup favorites, and you just may catch a set while you enjoy lunch.

FPR in collaboration with KMS produces the FPR YouTube channel. FPR TV has over 3 million views! FPR and KMS would like to thank Andie Walla Productions and the entire crew who help capture the magic of live musical performance at the Fur Peace Station Concert Hall. Thanks also to Rusty Smith and WOUB for recording and mixing the audio portions of the show.

KMS designs Hot Tuna, Jorma and FPR merchandise that you can see on the road and at FPR co. store. Here’s Jorma with the Jorma Tour shirt which is available at the FPR online store. Photo by our pal Susie Perler.

You can see all of this and much more by visiting furpeaceranch.com, jormakaukonen.com, jackcasady.com and hottuna.com, KMS designs and manages those sites.

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Last Minute Holiday Shopping?

Need a last minute stocking stuffer? Snowville Creamery is thrilled to announce the release of their 2017 calendar featuring the iconic artwork of Kevin Morgan, the incredible artist behind Snowville Creamery’s beautiful advertising design, in partnership with Edible Columbus, the magazine publication devoted to connecting you to your local food community.
The Snowville Creamery calendar showcases Kevin Morgan’s masterful artwork with quotes from Snowville Creamery’s favorite food activists.
You can order your calendar at SnowvilleCreamery.com or send us an email at info@SnowvilleCreamery.com

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Halloween In Athens 2016 – “It Takes A Village!”

That’s right folks, “It Takes a Village!” to throw a party like Halloween in Athens! For this year’s design we wanted to showcase some of the more popular costumes of the block party. When we started to look at it, we realized it looked a lot like a popular musical group from the 70′s and 80′s, so there you have it. We thought it was better than clowns, which nobody seems to like these days. Poor clowns. Be sure to grab a Halloween in Athens t-shirts at the Uptown Dog on Union Street in uptown Athens. Have fun and be safe! Also, be sure to check out all the KMS Halloween in Athens designs, all 34 years worth!

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Merryland Music Festival Poster Art

The fine folks at All Good Presents asked KMS to create the poster art for the Merryland Music Festival July 9 & 10 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. KMS expanded the look of the Merryland crab logo, giving the one-eyed crustacean some fancy pants and dancing shoes. This music festival has some great acts. If you’re in the area, you should definitely check it out!

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2016 Ohio Brew Week Poster Art

The Ohio Brew Week design was a fun one this year! When prompted with a sort of “history of brewing” theme, KMS went all the way back to the monks (they’ve got such a classic look). OBW 2016 was inspired by the artwork in medieval manuscripts and the process & tradition of brewing. Can’t wait to get to tasting! The 2016 Ohio Brew Week is July 15th thru July 23rd. Yes, that’s 9 days of Ohio’s finest craft beers!

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Dark Star Jubilee 2016!

KMS continues to work with Dark Star Orchestra to promote their annual music festival, The Dark Star Jubilee. We couldn’t be more excited to create the poster art for the 2016 event which is just around the corner! The idea was a caravan/wagon train to the Jubilee. Of course the whole family is there, including the dog. KMS is especially stoked for the event because we get to see 2 sets of Hot Tuna! Also attached is the poster art KMS did for DSO for their winter music getaway, Jam In The Sand!

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Merryland Music Festival

It’s music festival time! KMS is doing a bunch of music festival art posters, some old some new. One of the new ones is the Merryland Music Festival put on by the veteran music organizers, All Good Presents. In fact, Merryland is so new, this is its very first year. KMS hopes there are many more! KMS was honored to develop the inguaral concert poster. A rocking Octocrab! One of our favorites groups, String Cheese Incident is headlining! And if you are going to show, be sure to check out Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, they are funky!

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mi Casa su Casa

The good folks at Casa Nueva wanted a new look for their salsa jars. They wanted to promote their new ventures Casa Cantina and Casa Bodega along with their Casa Nueva Brand. The idea was to use their iconic storefront as a way of advertising all three brands. The result is an oil painting of the restaurant’s classic storefront that includes scenes of their core services: food, drinks, and entertainment. The storefront scene even includes an image of the well worn bench in front of the restaurant. All that’s missing is a image of Lost John.

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Athens News Article

Nice write up by Conor Morris in the May 9, 2016 edition of the Athens News.

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OEFFA 2016

KMS continues to work with the dedicated people at OEFFA to help promote and market local sustainable agriculture. KMS once again did the artwork for OEFFA’s Annual Conference, Ohio’s largest sustainable food and farm conference.  KMS wanted to incorporate some of the bigger family farms this year so we added some heavy equipment. Gotta love big tractors!

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GO in Style!

The wonderful folks at Hocking Athens Perry Community Action who manage the Intercity Bus Route also known as GoBus, came to KMS for some ideas for designing the look of their new buses. The original idea was to do some flames like an old hot rod, but then we thought that a “bus on fire” wouldn’t be very appealing. We settled on wings. It creates the feeling of speed AND comfort, like you’re floating to your destination. Whatever the feeling, the end results came out great.

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Snowville Through The Seasons

Warren and Victoria Taylor of Snowville Creamery are at it again. They continue to ask me to hand paint images that they can use to advertise in the Edible Columbus magazines. I am greatly appreciative! I love to paint. I don’t get to many chances to paint for work, living in the mostly graphic design world. So when they ask me to paint I get super excited! Below is the Winter and Spring editions of Snowville art. Hope you like them.

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Halloween Kitty

Just wanted to update everyone on some studio projects. We’ve been rocking it out the past couple of months and have neglected to update the studio page. If you would like more frequent updates you can Like Us on Facebook! Below is the 2016 Halloween in Athens design. It’s a wink and nod to the OU Attack Cat that we like to call Halloween Kitty. The color version and the black and white. Meow!

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Skeletons In The Closet – Retrospective of 34 Years of Halloween In Athens Artwork by Kevin Morgan

Exciting news from KM Studio and Jackie O’s! Jackie O’s Brewery and Tap Room will be hosting a month-long art show featuring ALL of the Halloween in Athens designs by Kevin Morgan, starting at the OPENING on OCTOBER 25th!

That’s right, the Opening is already coming up NEXT SUNDAY (10/25/15) and is going to be a fun, spooky event! Music, art, and Jackie O’s brews… What could be a better combination? Oh, maybe if you threw in a little COSTUME PARTY into the mix?! Hell yeah.

Posters will be available for purchase, and Kevin & family will be there from at least 5pm-9pm. Come see us!

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Hocking Athens Community Action

Hocking – Athens – Perry Community Action mobilizes resources to empower individuals and communities through advocacy and quality services that promote self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.

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Athens Hocking Recycling Center

Athens Hocking Recycling Center is a Non-Profit recycling center serving Hocking and Athens Counties in Ohio. Spreading the word about recycling. Recycle today, for a better tomorrow.

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Space Cadet Soaps

One of our favorite clients is Space, from Space Cadet Soaps. She is truly a beautiful person. You will not find more kind, roots righteous people than Space her husband Smiles and their three boys Simon, Eli and Forest. That’s why KMS had to come up with just the right logo for Space’s business venture Space Cadet Soaps. We think this logo sums up the essence of Space. We hope you enjoy it too.

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“Everything Arts” features KMS

The Everything Arts section of the Athens News did a feature on Kevin Morgan Studio. The feature was written by Dennis Powell. You can view the article in the Athens News Digital Archives.

KMS would like thank everyone who has supported us throughout the years. We greatly appreciate all the love and respect you have given us. Bless Up!

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Ohio Paw Paw Fesitval 2014

KMS has been doing the artwork for the Paw Paw Festival ever since its inception. The 16th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival will take place September 12-14, 2014. KMS hopes you can come out to join the crowds of happy folks at scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio for 3 days of Pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainable living workshops and activities for the kids! We’ll see you there. Below is the poster art for the 2014 festival, enjoy!

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Re-Design for our favorite local Distillery – Fifth Element

Fifth Element Spirits (formerly Dancing Tree Distillery) in Shade, Ohio is a craft distillery creating vodka, gin, & specialty spirits with non-GMO and organic ingredients grown locally in southeast Ohio.

They re-branded themselves as Fifth Element Spirits (FES) because of legal issues with another distilery. KMS did their original logo, so FES asked Kevin to keep the initial unicorn and monkey but incorporate something that would represent the change. Here’s what he came up with.

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Midwest Reggae Festival 2014

-Mid West Reggaefest, in it’s 23rd year, Kevin has designed the poster and merchandise since it’s conception. Promoter Packy Malley says the New Location this Year, Clays Park in North Lawrence Ohio, is going to prove to be the best ever for this long-running, Ohio’s largest Reggae Festival….

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Brew Week 2014

The 10th Annual Ohio Brew Week begins today! A week long celebration of the local micro-breweries in the state of Ohio. Lots of fun and lots beer! KMS did the poster art for the event. Check it out!

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Athens Tourism Logo

Kevin was approached by the Athens County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau to update the logo for the Athens Tourism Bureau. He wanted to keep the logo simple and inviting, so he used bright colors, flowing lines and a “sunburst e” to grab your attention and keep you focused on the word “Athens”. Reaction to the new logo has been fantastic. Check out their Facebook page to see the logo in action.

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