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Devon Berry : Wearable Art At The Beaufort Water Festival

Story By: Cindy Reid

Photos By: Susan DeLoach

This year’s 62nd annual Beaufort Water Festival tee shirt is a gorgeous sunset scene, looking from the waterfront park out to the Beaufort River. It’s a scene of shrimp boats and pleasure boats, blue skies and orange sunset. Bold yet tranquil, it speaks to anyone who has ever spent an evening watching the sunset at the river. This year’s motto, “Families, Friends & Traditions” is cleverly splashed in deep blue on the side of the graphic, alongside the Beaufort Water Festival logo and festival dates.

Devon Berry, the tee shirt designer, has a very personal connection to the Water Festival. In addition to being the daughter in law of this year’s Commodore, she says “I have beautiful twin girls and an amazing husband that are featured in the silhouettes on the back of the shirt design. Our girls were born opening day of the festival 3 years ago!”

Devon says, “I studied visual arts at the North Carolina School of Arts and I’ve always been interested in creating artwork in many mediums. I’m looking forward to seeing my first “wearable” artwork around town this summer. “And see it she will, as the tee shirts are always a big seller and many people collect the shirts from year to year. Devon says, “I wanted this year’s shirt to have a bold and graphic design that would appeal to everyone. Of course the setting is in the downtown waterfront park where our amazing festival takes place.”

She continues, “To me, the best part of the Water Festival is getting together with family and friends to make some memories and to have a great time. “ she says, “We all meet up along the water’s edge and wait for those magical opening night fireworks to kick it all off.”

Magic is the stuff Water Festivals are made of and this year’s tee shirt is magical too!

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