As part of this summer’s 100th Reunion at Lanakila, we asked four Lanakila community members (counselors and alumni) to create a poster to mark the special occasion. Look at these incredible creations by Derek Baker, Kenny Medina, John Purcell, and Rachel Steyer!
We have a limited number of these 11×17 posters still available ($30 including shipping). Email Bryan Partridge if you’d like to purchase one!
Derek Baker is an artist turned Industrial Designer from Chester, Vermont, currently residing in Boston, Massachusetts. Derek draws his creative inspiration from nature and adventure. He is passionate about sustainability and keeping our food sources close. He works closely to pursue both initiatives as the Lead Product Design Engineer of Freight Farms – a modular farming solution designed to operate anywhere in the world.
Kenny Medina has been at Lanakila for nine summers, and was our head of Arts this summer. As anyone walks around Lanakila, they see Kenny’s stamp of creativity everywhere. From the Lanakila sign to the rosters on the ceiling of the dining room, Kenny’s vision is something campers go home talking about. Kenny is an artist residing in Boston who specializes in drawing, painting, graphic design, and has been doing commissioned project for over a year. His work can be found on @kennyacrylic on Instagram.
John Purcell – musician, writer and multimedia artist – has spent 17 summers at Lanakila making movies (and announcements), playing songs (and improv games), and always surrounded by the camp family. When creating his poster, John stated, “the image in my poster began as a photo of Council Fire; and then I got ahold of it – warping, twisting, layering – I think it looks like a balloon – tethered to the earth. I feel like that balloon – no matter how far from Lanakila – is always connected to the people and the place, and all the gifts it gives.”
Rachel Steyer is a Hudson Valley-based artist, florist and teacher. She derives inspiration from diverse mediums like wood, metal, paint, fiber and found objects – creating stories from forgotten materials. Having been an integral part of the Foundation family since 2015, Rachel’s work reflects the vivid colors of the outdoors and the community spirit Lanakila and her small town upbringing has instilled in her. Beyond her artistic pursuits, she travels internationally with TeamLift, a non-profit that fuses engineering, nursing, and art into programs benefiting women and children across rural Malawi.