Local Glen Ellen artist designed this year’s fair T-shirt
By Shannon Lee
You may have noticed the beautiful off-white 30th-year T-shirt that was available for a donation at the official fair association booth at the Glen Ellen Village Fair this past weekend. The front commemorates the anniversary, with “Glen Ellen Village Fair – 30 years” on the front left chest. The back features a beautiful original line drawing depicting the flora and fauna of our area alongside a vintage truck and the iconic Jack London Village grist mill waterwheel. The printing on both sides is in a dark brown.
Local artist Charissa Drengsen graciously donated her skill and time in creating the original work for this year’s fair shirt. As is evidenced by the design she provided, her work is influenced by folk art, archetypal imagery, the Western lifestyle, and old-timey sensibilities.
Asked about her inspirations as an artist and connection to Glen Ellen, she provided this bio:
“Raised right here in Valley of the Moon, Charissa was steeped in OG bohemian and folk art traditions by creatives throughout her family and community. Performing arts became visual arts and the written word while raising her daughter as a single mother and finishing college with an MA in Transformative Arts at JFKU in Berkeley. She has turned her hand at most mediums, with digital art, painting, and textiles being the lasting winners.”
Drengsen’s art is a big part of her life, and centering, although it is a bit of a side hustle to her full-time job as a career education specialist at Petaluma People Services Center, where she works with at-risk youth.
If you missed out on the T-shirts at the fair, you can contact the Glen Ellen Fair Association at [email protected] gmail.com to see if more are available.