Q&A with Nathan Durfee

Provided. Local painter Nathan Durfee created the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival poster. It's titled "Piccolo Suono Bartholomeux."

The original canvas of this year’s Piccolo Spoleto poster is being exhibited in “Tales Transposed: A Celebration of Imagination”. It is called “Bartholomeux Taken by the Piccolo” and was made by the artist Nathan Durfee.

Durfee agreed to talk to The Post and Courier about the meaning of this image.

Q: How did you end up doing this year’s Piccolo Spoleto poster?

A: Rebecca Gosnell, who is affiliated with the Office of Cultural Affairs, was a big fan of my work and approached Ellen (Dressler Moryl). Rebecca dropped my work (off with) them, and they thought it could be a good match for the festival. They told me: “Hey, we love this Bartholomeux character, and we want to incorporate it into this year’s Piccolo poster.”

Q: When did you start drawing Bartholomeux?

A: I came up with the dog Bartholomeux about two years ago. What is interesting about him is that he has this affiliation with the cardinal birds, and I have done a whole series of cardinals, where each cardinal has its own personality.

Q: What is the idea behind “Bartholomeux Taken by the Piccolo”?

A: I thought it would be interesting to have Bartholomeux embodying the festival where the cardinals represent all the individual performers. If you look at the poster, you will see that one cardinal is an opera singer, another one is a musical conductor, another a guitar player and so on.

Q: What is the role of Bartholomeux in the poster?

A: He is like a leader of the other artists, which is like what all festivals are about. If you bring all of these different performers and artists together, it is more than just the individual parts.

Lucía Camargo Rojas is a Goldring Arts Journalist from Syracuse University.