Jesus Ramirez named 2016 Krewe Babalu Poster Contest winner

Jesus Ramirez named 2016 Krewe Babalu Poster Contest winner

Jesus Ramirez named 2016 Krewe Babalu Poster Contest during the month of September, Krewe Babalu ran a contest challenging area artists to come up with a design for the Krewe’s official 2016 Mardi Gras poster.  The winner received a $200 prize and a feature in the Galveston Daily Newspaper. Of the entries submitted, the poster by College of the Mainland art student, Jesus Ramirez, was chosen for its incorporation of this year’s theme, Midnight in Paris and the essence of Galveston as well as its masterful beauty.

Krewe Babalu and its members would like to thank each of the artists for their wonderful submissions.  All of the posters will go up for auction, raising funds for a good cause.


Winning Entry and Official 2016 Krewe Babalu Mardi Gras poster

The winning poster will be framed and sold at the Den Party during a live auction.

2016_Poster_Contest_winner_2_croppedMy name is Jesus Ramirez and I am a student at College of the Mainland. I am attending the college to complete my General Studies, during the journey I became interested in graphic design so I decided to take some classes to learn more about the field. I have always enjoyed art but could never find a medium I could work with well until now. I can’t say that my style has been influenced by anyone specific but my main approach is “less is more”. Now my plans are to complete my General Studies and then earn my AAS for graphic design.


-story featured in the Galveston Daily News Applause Section


The other posters will be placed in a silent auction.


Bobbie Rodriguez-Santa Fe High School-My name is Bobbie-my talent is art. I love it not because it is just a hobby. It gets me something to do. I love to do activities other activities too, football, hockey and voice acting. I do not like to be a part of a group or join clubs because they make me nervous. I like making my own decisions how I draw. I don’t use pictures. I think you should have your own imagination when you draw something.

Renne Siewers- Amateur Artist-Kemah, Texas-local author, artist and sailor. Prior to retirement, she spent 25 years working in the space industry, focusing on the Quality Assurance Program for the Space Shuttle. Following retirement, she began earnestly writing her romance/murder/mystery novels and children’s books about a little girl who is cruising on a sailboat with her parents. Renne’ writes, illustrates, and self-publishes all of her books. She studied painting under John Gould, Post Magazine cover artist. She is actively involved with Kemah/League City Mardi Gras Krewes, Mystic Krewe du Carnival and Krewe Du Lac.


Danielle Hildebrand-Amateur Artist-Santa Fe, Texas-I am a substitute teacher at Santa Fe ISD and a dance teacher at KPAC in Dickinson. I enjoy crafting, reading, writing and really anything creative. I have been involved with Mardi Gras for 10+ years. I used acrylic paint for the skyline and drew all of the buildings and characters free hand with pencil then colored them with colored pencil. I attached the pieces with Mod Podge and then coated the entire piece. I enjoy tackling new projects and really enjoyed putting this poster together.