The Hogansville Charitable Trust, the non-profit organization that sponsors the city’s annual Hummingbird Festival, has selected a painting to represent this year’s Festival.
Hogansville resident Clint Robinson’s colorful painting of the old Royal Theater was unveiled at a recent Festival planning committee meeting.
“It’s fabulous,” said graphic artist and Festival volunteer Leah Leidner. “This is the Royal Theater as you’ve never seen it.” Leidner designs the Festival’s annual poster and guidebook.
Each year, a new work of art is selected to adorn that year’s Festival poster. The artwork is also used on the cover of the event guidebook and on tee shirts.
The Royal Theater was built in 1944 and was used as a movie theater for many years before it fell into disrepair. The building was donated to the city and currently houses the offices of City Hall.
In his painting, Robinson transformed the theater’s stark white exterior into an explosion of color. He took his inspiration in part from an Andy Warhol print he saw at the LaGrange Art Museum.
“I started playing around with different colors and took a gamble and ran with it,” said Robinson, who is also a professional pinstripe artist. His pinstriping skills are evident in the Festival painting.
Pinstriping, the application of a very thin line of paint, became an art form in the 1950’s as a way to decorate and personalize hot rod vehicles. Its popularity waned in 80’s but recently began making a comeback, said Robinson, who has pinstriped cars and motorcycles in addition to shirts, shoes, cell phones, helmets, picture frames, skateboards, and guitars. His work can be seen online at clintjustinrobinson.com.
Robinson has been Callaway High School’s art teacher for the last four year, and one of his students there painted the art for last year’s Hummingbird Festival poster.
Robinson is currently illustrating a children’s book written by a Callaway High School counselor, and he is considering pursuing a Master of Art Education degree.