Marblehead Festival of Arts 2023 logo to be revealed Feb. 7

The community is invited to the Marblehead Festival of Arts’ annual Logo Premiere Party, where the creators of the three finalist designs will be celebrated, and 2023 logo winner will be revealed.

Join Festival volunteers for the festivities and logo reveal beginning at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at The Landing Restaurant, 81 Front St., Marblehead.

The 2023 Festival logo was chosen by public vote and will be displayed for the first time at the Premiere Party along with the rest of the top 17 logo entries.

Dinner will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. (reservations strongly encouraged at 781-639-1266), and the premiere celebration to reveal the winning logo will start at 7:15 p.m.

A collage of the three finalists competing to serve as the 2023 Marblehead Festival of the Arts logo

This year, the three finalists, Cara Grazado, Denis Whalen and Fiona Barr, were chosen as finalists from 61 submissions by a panel of experts, including Wayne George, owner of F.L. Woods Nautical Merchants; Mary Melilli, graphic artist and professor of media and communication at Salem State University; and Kristen Nyberg, owner of Nyberg Design and the 2019 logo winning artist.

The other 14 semi-finalist logos will also be displayed and were created by Fiona Barr, Adam Cohn, Martha Fernandes, Jason Goodwin, Cara Grazado, Alicia Hart, Sam Kosch, Nicole Habin Lynch, Elise Nash, and Denis Whelan.

The votes were cast in November at public locations in Marblehead, Swampscott and Salem. The winning logo will be displayed on all products sold during the 2023 Festival as well as Marblehead Festival of Arts promotional materials throughout the year.

“We had great participation in our logo contest this year, and we are always excited to present the finalists to the town,” said Bill Smalley, chair of the Logo Contest.

Logo Contest details may be found on the Festival website, which also has images of past award-winning logos. The logo design entry must symbolize the arts and/or the town of Marblehead.

“In addition to celebrating the winning logo and kicking off the Festival year, the evening has become a great way to chase away the winter blues, meet and greet Festival friends and hear about the 57th Festival plans in the making,” said Amy Thompson, co-chair of the Logo Premiere. “Those interested in becoming volunteers are especially encouraged to come learn more and enjoy the fun.”

Festival board members will be on hand at the Logo Premiere to answer any questions attendees may have and describe the opportunities available.

Robert Simonelli, manager of The Landing, is generously donating a percentage of all meals and drinks purchased during the event to support the Festival.

Volunteers needed

The Marblehead Festival of Arts is an all-volunteer organization, and preparations are already well underway organizing its annual exhibits, events and performing arts. If you are interested in volunteering your time and talents, you can sign up at

About Marblehead Festival of Arts

Founded in 1962, the Marblehead Festival of Arts has a rich history of producing a premier summer arts festival that has become a unique forum for artistic expression. Traditionally held each year over the July 4 holiday, the Festival hosts a wide range of art exhibits (painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, etc.), outdoor music concerts overlooking Marblehead Harbor, Literary Festival, Street Festival, Children’s and Boat Building activities, Artisans’ Marketplace, Film Festival and many other cultural activities designed to provide a fun and enriching experience for the entire family.

The MFoA is an all-volunteer organization comprised of more than 40 committees and involving several hundred volunteers. It operates year-round and relies solely on donations to fund its operations. Individuals, families and businesses may become Festival sponsors by making a tax-deductible contribution.

For additional information on MFoA, a calendar of events, volunteer opportunities and sponsorship, visit

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