Ohio Paw Paw Festival 2018

Only a few months until Ohio’s favorite food festival: Ohio Pawpaw Festival! We can’t wait to munch on pawpaw themed treats, imbibe with pawpaw drinks, tap our toes to great local music, and learn more about our delicious native fruit. Mark Sept. 14th-16th on your calendar and don’t miss out! Like last year, we have a feeling the official merch will sell out fast!

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Fur Peace Ranch Psylodelic Gallery

Head out to the Fur Peace Ranch and the Psylodelic Gallery this holiday season to see the ever revolving display of visiting artists.

From an Fur Peace Ranch press release:

Greetings from the Psylodelic Gallery! We are proud to announce that the Gallery has just finished installing our latest exhibit! We are thrilled at the response the Gallery has generated over the past several years, and we are looking forward to unveiling our newest show to the public! From October 27th to Spring 2018 the Psylodelic Gallery will be featuring “Jefferson Airplane Loves You”, a rarely seen group of photos from Jorma Kaukonen’s private collection of memories with the Airplane, as well as local Athens artist Andy Tucker’s “A Shared Moment”, which includes oil paintings of poets, writers, activists, and musicians from the 1960’s.
For more on Andy Tucker’s art, you can visit him on Facebook

There is lots of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna memorabilia too. You can also visit the Fur Peace Ranch Store online and check out all the great holiday sales. Lots of specials Jorma painting pictured above by Kevin Morgan, painted live at FPR Arts and Minds Fest is on permanent display. Check it out!

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Client Spotlight:

Our buddy Paul Harper, Woodland Ridge Farm, Paul runs a B&B and had Kevin design his logo and labels for products….

Sharing the love of the land and sustainable solutions for living. Join us for farm tours, brewing workshops, edible/medicinal plant workshops, wild-food dinners, animal husbandry, garden magic and more! Or just come and find a comfortable place to stay while visiting this beautiful part of Appalachia.

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DSO Jam in the Sand

Low Ticket Alert! The 2018 Dark Star Orchestra Jam in the Sand is close to selling out. If you wanted to join DSO and the rest of the Jammers in Jamaica, you better act quick! Special guests Hot Tuna and Rumpke Mountain Boys will play multiple sets throughout the festival.

JAM IN THE SAND VI, returns to the all-inclusive Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, January 18-22, 2018.

Should be Fire! Don’t Delay. Come Play!

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Client Spotlight: Broadwell Hill Farm

Kathy Jacobson and partner Constantine Faller of Broadwell Hill Farm logo design for “Mamaka’s Boutique Wormery”…. – If you don’t know these folks, you should..

The Broadwell Hill Sustainable Forest Farm & Off-Grid Learning Center includes a vermiculture division with mid-scale operations to provide Eisenia fetida/andrei vermicomposting earthworms, vermicompost soil amendment, aka worm castings, with cooperative food scraps recovery services.

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Client Spotlight: Chicory Inn and Orchards

Chicory Inn & Orchards logo for Charlene Suggs, who runs a sweet B&B at the entrance of Wisteria Festival Grounds.

It’s a Bed and Breakfast in Appalachian foothills of southern Ohio. 3 rooms offered in a relaxed rural location 30 minutes south of Athens, OH /20 minutes north of Pomeroy, OH and the Ohio river/West Virginia.

Breakfast features local food and meal for two. Guests may stroll along mowed paths to see gardens and heirloom fruit tree orchard. Perennial food crops including shiitake mushroom logs are along the way.

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Halloween 2017

If Brew Week marks the beginning of Summer and Paw Paw Festival the end of Summer then Halloween definitely marks the beginning of the Fall season in Athens. Halloween used to mark the final weeks of OU’s academic term, but now that they moved to semesters, Halloween falls right in the middle. The annual Halloween in Athens block party will be held this year on October 28th.

This year’s design is a salute to the SoCal artists of the 70’s and 80’s. Artist like Ed Roth and Jimbo Phillips were early inspirations for KMS. We certainly think the exploding skull is how many people feel during Halloween weekend. Be sure to check out the designs from years past.

Enjoy and Be Safe!

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Paw Paw Festival 2017

The 19th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival took place Sept. 15-17, 2017. As much Ohio Brew kicks off the summer, the Ohio Paw Paw Festival marks the end of it.

Record crowds of happy folks flooded scenic Lake Snowden in Albany, Ohio and enjoyed 3 days of Pawpaw music, food, contests, art, history, education, sustainability workshops and family activities!

KMS has been there since the beginning, and we couldn’t be prouder to support such a wonderful event. Much Respect to Chris Chmiel, Michelle Gorman and the rest of the festival staff!

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Brew Week 2017

Just catching up from a busy summer. One of the most popular summer events in Athens is Ohio Brew Week. It brings together brewers from all over Ohio to share ideas, news and recipes, and of course, plenty of beer. Big shout out to Brandon Thompson for organizing the event and letting KMS create the poster art. It was a very popular poster this year. We received many positive compliments. Thank You to all who supported us. Cheers!

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Dark Star Orchestra Summer Tour Artwork

Everyone here at KMS is counting down to the Dark Star Jubilee. We’re really excited! We can’t wait! So to pass the time we thought we would debut the artwork for the Dark Star Orchestra Summer Tour. They’re are playing a special acoustic show in DC in August. Be sure to check it out. See you at the Jubilee!

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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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Dark Star Orchestra Jam In The Sand 2017

Dark Star Orchestra and Island Gigs are psyched to bring you Dark Star’s Jamaican JAM IN THE SAND V, returning to the all-inclusive Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, January 19-23, 2017. This is an event that you will not want to miss…your days will be spent on the beach enjoying everything the resort has to offer and the nights will be spent under the stars with Dark Star Orchestra, along with very special guests Los Lobos and Donna the Buffalo! Kevin Morgan Studio is proud to have done the artwork for the 2017 DSO Jam In The Sand poster!

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OEFFA 2017

“Chick” it out, everyone: it’s the 2017 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association conference design! The artwork is pretty freakin’ cool, but this organization is even cooler. They’re working hard to better the future for Ohio farmers, livestock, and the food that we put in our bellies. Follow their page to find out more!

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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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