By KEVIN CHIRI
Tammany news burea
SLIDELL – The unique logo that will be the trademark of the 1st annual Camellia City Smooth Jazz Festival is yet another bit of evidence that the big event is being created to include many local contributions, not to mention benefit the St. Tammany business community.
Smooth Jazz Festival organizers Will and Diane Bias stated from day one that they want the three-day weekend to provide economic benefits for local businesses, while including local talent in much of what is being presented to the world.
The Camellia City Festival is just around the corner now with the three day weekend of fun being held at the Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell on Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8. Tickets are available at camcityjazzfest.com.
One bit of the local talent can be seen through the logo for the festival that was created by graphic designer Lauren Green.
A native of New Orleans, she grew up on the North Shore and graduated from Salmen High before heading off to college where she earned degrees in design and fashion merchandising.
Green, 31, is the owner of an online clothing store named for her great-grandmother, Sadie Jett. The store is named Jett Boutique and is one of several ventures Green is involved with, including an online beauty and wellness business (It Works). She will be one of the vendors at the festival with much of her merchandise available.
When Will and Diane tried to work with several other designers to create a logo for the festival they never quite found what they wanted. Then a friend recommended Green, who put it all together.
“After Lauren worked with it and brought us the design we loved it,” Diane said. “And we are happy to have one more local person involved in this festival.”
Green said it is an honor to be the designer to create the logo for the first festival here in St. Tammany Parish.
“I feel very privileged to be chosen,” she said. “I hope the logo brings a lot of attention to the festival, and I hope we have a great crowd to bring attention to Slidell and the North Shore.”
Green said she loved art of all kinds since she was young.
“I found myself interested in music, design, fashion,” she said. “And I think all the experience from the past is what helped me come up with a cool design for the festival.”