2021 Fiesta Poster and Pin Revealed

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Source: Old Spanish Days

As they have for 97 years, and with emotion, fanfare and excitement, the 2021 Fiesta Poster and Pin have been unveiled to the community.

La Presidenta Stephanie Petlow had the distinguished honor in front of family, friends and members of the community at the Fiesta kick-off La Primavera celebration at The Carriage and Western Art Museum. It was a special moment for Ms. Petlow who designed the poster and pin using family, youth and history.


Photo by Fritz Olenberger

“My inspiration for the 2021 poster began with a watercolor my mother Sylvianna Johns, a New Mexico fine artist, painted many years ago of a Spanish dancer,” said Ms. Petlow who has served more than two decades on the Old Spanish Days board. “My granddaughter Nadia Mason then added colored pencil drawings of iconic Santa Barbara landmarks for the poster including the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, the Old Mission Santa Barbara and local artist Bud Bottoms’ Dolphin Family sculpture known as the  ‘Bicentennial Friendship Fountain’ at State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard. 

“These landmarks are truly a culmination of the generations of Santa Barbarians who have inspired and continued to enhance our city’s rich history and traditions.”

Additional artwork from ‘El Pueblo Viejo’ was generously provided by local architect Steve Hausz, with permission from the Santa Barbara Conservancy. Graphic design was completed by Mateo Dovgin, a Senior at Santa Barbara High School and son of the 1998 Spirit of Fiesta, Adriana Rey Dovgin.

In designing the Fiesta pin, La Presidenta Petlow relied on history and dance.


Photo by Fritz Olenberger

“My choice for the 2021 Old Spanish Days pin was inspired by El Presidente Mike Harling’s 1996 pin, 25 years ago,” Ms. Petlow said. “The iconic silhouette of two dancers has always been one of the images of Fiesta that I have always loved. A special thank you to Steve Lipman of Pincrafters for his many years of producing our Fiesta pins.” 

Fiesta runs August 4-8 this year. Events and celebrations were announced this past Wednesday and can found at sbfiesta.org.

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