Mountain Jam takes pride in introducing amazingly talented visual artists who exhibit their work through the festival grounds. The following are a few examples of artists and artwork you can expect to see as you walk around the festival!
To help celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Mountain Jam music festival, to be held on Hunter Mountain June 5-8, Woodstock artist Michael Hunt will present a series of interactive and visual art projects commemorating the universal experience of attending a festival.
“In this increasingly scary world of ours – with climate change and government & corporate overreach – the recent proliferation of music & arts festivals around the world and America makes total sense, said Michael. “It’s empowering to be part of a festival; there’s this spirit of community experiencing a moment in time together and doing it peacefully.” Hunt is honored to be part of Mountain Jam – now in its tenth year. “Mountain Jam is a leader in the festival world. They do it right up there.”
“The Fountain of Youth“ was created by celebrated New York City artist Jack Laroux to commemorate the Mountain Jam Music Festival’s tenth year anniversary. He was honored to be commissioned for the second time as an official visual artist for the music festival hosted by Hunter Mountain in New York State’s Catskill Park.
Laroux was inspired by the musicians’ enduring careers, youthful energy and timeless music. In his painting, he addresses a lighthearted question, “Have the musicians and fans discovered the fountain of youth?”
The artwork’s central focus is the iconic Les Paul Gibson electric guitar. The roman numeral ten (X) explodes from behind the instrument in yellow rays of light accented by wood grain. In Laroux’s surreal world, the guitar becomes the fountain. The water is siphoned to the top, mimicking guitar strings, as it spills over the glowing mountain range. As the head of the guitar rockets to space, the flames split into feathery wings. Time is illustrated by the hour glass. It is squeezed by the expanding arms of the milky way galaxy that emanate from the head of the guitar. All of the elements in the composition are entangled in the mountainous forest as the roman numeral ten (X) soaks up the fountain’s energy to perpetuate the music for years to come.