We are pleased to announce that Chris Dougherty has been selected as the 2016 Shrimp & Grits poster artist! His interpretation of our beloved shrimp and grits festival won us over, as well as our fans who voted online and in-person at locations in the Golden Isles. Chris’ artwork will be featured as the official event poster along with other festival merchandise. Be sure to stop by the Festival Gifts tent at this year’s event to purchase a commerative poster or t-shirt featuring Chris’ fun artwork.
About Chris Dougherty
Born in Greenwood Lake, New York, Chris Dougherty spent most of his childhood outdoors. Whether it was exploring, fishing, or hiking, Chris felt a connection to nature. His love of the outdoors is visually expressed in his artwork.
Chris Dougherty moved to Jekyll Island in 1994 and worked as a bellman at the Jekyll Island Club. His parents own the Island Sweets Shoppe and Doc’s Snack Shop in the historic district. Chris met his wife, Leigh, by volunteering for the Jekyll Island Sea Turtle Project. They have twin eight year-old daughters, Brooke and Briana. Currently, Chris is an art teacher at St. Marys Middle School in St. Marys, GA. He holds a B.S. degree in art education from the University of Georgia and an M.Ed. in Integrated Teaching through the Arts from Lesley University. Chris is an avid fisherman and draws inspiraton from his time out on the water.
Chris has worked in many different media: watercolor, acrylic, sculpture, ceramics, and most recently in oils with a focus on painting En plein air. He designed the logo for the WharfRatz, a popular local band and in the past was the curator for the Fiore Exhibit on Jekyll Island. Recently, Chris was honored to have two paintings juried in to the First Coast Plein Air Painters Juried Summer Exhibition in Ponta Vedra Beach, Florida. Chris’ current work reflects the coastal lifestyle with an emphasis on wildlife and landscapes.
Take a trip down memory lane with all of the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival posters.