Wilson Sophomore Artist Behind Tenley WinterFest 2015 Poster

Tenley WinterFest poster 2015 - finalAs you walk along Wisconsin Avenue, you might notice a friendly yeti peeking from behind snowy trees in shop windows. Don’t worry, you haven’t been magically transported to a winter wonderland, although that is the feeling artist Yerinel Cáceres Guerrero hoped to evoke when she designed the poster advertising the 2015 Tenley WinterFest.

A sophomore at Woodrow Wilson High School, Yerinel was selected by her digital media teacher to create this year’s poster for the annual neighborhood festival, which runs from November 27 through December 5. Wilson students have designed the Tenley WinterFest posters each year since 2012.

“Yerinel is one of the most experienced students in my digital media class,” commented teacher John Ward. “Starting within the first month of class Yerinel started on independent projects that paralleled what the class was working on. She is very self-driven, and always goes well beyond the assignment to give it her own style.”

In creating this year’s design, Yerinel wanted to emphasize the festival’s wintery theme. “I always have liked how the snow lay in the trees without leaves,” she said, referring to the poster’s motif.

Woven into the design are the Tenley Yeti, WinterFest’s official mascot and subject of the annual scavenger hunt at local businesses, as well as the iconic radio towers that feature in the Tenleytown skyline. Elements of the poster design also appear throughout the Tenley WinterFest website.

Although she is honored that her artwork is hanging across Tenleytown – “It makes me feel really good,” she said modestly – Yerinel is not sure yet whether Tenley WinterFest 2015 marks the start of a career in graphic design. If she does decide to go down that path, she can take heart from past WinterFest poster designers, including Gorka Fraeters (2013) and Mazlyn Ortiz (2012), who have gone on to study design after high school.

Yerinel’s 2015 Tenley WinterFest poster will hang in windows across Tenleytown through Saturday, December 5.

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