Palisade artist win bluegrass festival poster contest

Gayle Madden has been selected to provide the poster for the 2017 Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival.

Madden was among six artists who competed in a poster design contest for the annual festival. The winner was announced at the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade after 87 people cast votes in the public competition.

Madden’s design, titled “Love and Hippiness: Ode to a Blacklight Poster,” depicts a woman playing a fiddle with Mount Garfield peeking through the background.

Madden, a resident of Palisade for nine years, said she considers herself a child of the 1960s. “My youth exposed me to blacklight posters and the wavy psychedelic type,” she said. “I wanted to combine my roots and celebrate women in music. I set out to create a piece I would like to see. And if it wasn’t to win, I would still have won in my own heart by creating it.”

Lindsey Hill, event coordinator for the Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival, said the poster competition offers a way to recognize and support local artists. “It has been a great competition because no one understands the community, the beauty of Palisade and the uniqueness of this festival quite like the locals.”

The Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival is scheduled for June 9 to 11. For more information, visit the website located at