CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- The 19th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival has unveiled the artwork for this year's event.
The painting of a tropically-inspired musician playing the blues as sunset descends over the Cape Fear River is by Wilmington's Barton Hatcher, who grew up in Bladen County.
According to a news release, a self-taught artist and mixed media sculptor, Barton's eclectic style is admired by many. His work has been showcased in several North Carolina galleries alongside prominent artists such as Ivey Hayes.
Barton owns and operates Gardens by Barton, a landscape design business in Wilmington, where he uses his artistic talents to create customized garden designs, including building hardscapes such as arbors, trellises and garden sheds.
Barton will attend the festival, where he will sign posters and offering additional selections of his unique artwork and sculptures in the Arts and Wine Garden.