Curtis Fest Artisan Spotlight: Jim Ford

Simultaneous Avalanche


Born in Sacramento, California Jim moved to Aspen, Colorado to be a real ski bum and in 1964 he became the first city draftsman for the City of Aspen. He returned to Sacramento in 1967 and founded Simultaneous Avalanche, a psychedelic light show which led to designing and drawing rock art posters. These posters and handbills have become sought after collectables in the rock art world. Four of the posters, Jimi Hendrix, Cream and the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Big Brother and the Holding Company are published in The Art of Rock, New York, Abbeville Press, 1987.

Lured by the snow, Jim returned to Aspen and eventually joined Norm Clasen Advertising as a freelance graphic artist and illustrator. His Aspen Town art became the national advertising campaign for the Aspen Skiing Corporation from 1972 to 1974 and for over ten years it was the logo for Aspen. In the same style, Jim created town art for other ski resorts: Vail, Sun Valley and Park City. He also designed numerous logos for individuals and companies.

In 1981, Jim permanently returned to Sacramento and completed a series of 13 pen and ink drawings depicting his favorite places near Sacramento. He continues to draw, design logos, and has expanded his portfolio to include metal art sculptures.

The 13th Annual Curtis Fest will feature over 75 local artisans under the beautiful canopy of trees at Curtis Park.  Artists and makers include painters, sculptors, textile artists, and wood workers.  Live music, food trucks, a kids Zone and a pet refreshment station makes this a great way to finish out the summer.

This free event is open to the public and followed by Music in the Park. Come to our free event to support local artists, bring a picnic blanket and chairs to sit on while you watch the musicians or eat your food truck tasties from Kados Asian GrillMasa Giuseria, or Cowtown Creamery.

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