"It dries quickly and I like to work quickly," she said. "It gives me the freedom to go over things. Watercolors aren't forgiving but acrylics definitely are. I don't like oil because it takes so long to dry."
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Fortin said she was told in December 2011 that she was the Blues Fest artist and said she was "super excited" that she had won.
This year Fortin will attend some of the concerts at the Blues Fest and is looking forward to listening to the bands. She already had a sample of the event when she attended Cabin Fever in early spring, saying "it was fun."
She said when people see her piece she wants them to think of the music.
"I just want them to feel how blues makes people feel — just overall being comforted by music," she said.
If you go ...
WHAT: Artwork by Blues Fest poster artist Kate Fortin
WHEN: Reception from 6 to 9 tonight; exhibit continues through Tuesday, July 3
WHERE: Washington County Arts Council, 14 W. Washington St., downtown Hagerstown
CONTACT: Call 301-791-3132 or go to www.washingtoncountyarts.com.