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Design by Newton Artist Selected for 'First Night Boston 2013' Button

The design was selected from a number of entries solicited via a call from 'Art New England' magazine.

Have you seen the buttons for First Night Boston 2013? If you have, you've seen the artwork of Newton artist Maria Termini. 

First Night Boston recently announced that Termini's artwork will be used as the design for this year's First Night Boston event, according to a press release issued by First Night Boston. 

Termini's artwork encompasses a number of mediums including watercolor, collage, silkscreen, drawing with colored pencils and fabric appliqué. According to her website, her artwork consists of "colorful and earthy artworks that witness wonder and reflect reverence for the beauty of nature."

First Night selected Termini's design from a number of entries that were submitted via a callout in Art New England magazine. 

In addition to the First Night Button, Termini's design will also be featured on all First Night collateral materials, the press release said, including print ads, posters, billboards and MBTA car cards.

The button design was unveiled on Nov. 20 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, the press release said.

Each year, First Night Boston sets up a day-long celebration on Dec. 31 that includes a number of concerts, theatre and dance performances, ice sculptures, visual art displays and more. The First Night Button ($15) acts as a general admission ticket for all First Night Boston events. 

First Night Buttons are currently on sale and available for purchase online

For more details on First Night and Termini, the First Night Boston press release is included below:

IMAGE BY ARTIST MARIA TERMINI, OF NEWTON, CHOSEN AS BASIS FOR FIRST NIGHT 2013 BUTTON 

(BOSTON) First Night Boston and Art New England are pleased to announce that the work of artist Maria Termini of Newton, Massachusetts will be used in the design of this year’s First Night button, which will be unveiled on November 20, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, the official hotel of First Night Boston 2013 (detailed press release to follow in November). Termini’s work was chosen from entries solicited via a call from Art New England, the region’s leading contemporary art and culture magazine.  

Maria Termini has created colorful and joyful artworks in silkscreen, watercolor, collage, colored pencil drawing and mosaics especially inspired by her experience of the wonder and solitude of nature. Her artworks have been widely exhibited and are in the collections of many non-profit organizations, as well as the Boston Public Library and the Fogg Museum. Adventure, beauty, music, justice and a reverence for the earth are some of the many threads that have woven the rich tapestry of her life and work. 

Termini is the author of the book, Silkscreening, published by Prentice-Hall and three memoirs: Solitude and Splendor: Living in the Schoolhouse; The Artist and the Spy; and Driving Curiosity: On the Road in Central America. Her narrative essays, including “Hurray Hitchhiker Fairy Godmother” and “Almost Godiva” have been published by Newton Magazine. Her poetry has been published in Boston’s street newspaper, Spare Change, Edge, and in the journal Soul-Lit. She has produced the CD, Leafdancer with original songs, classical and folk music. 

To learn more about Maria Termini and her work, please visit www.mariatermini.com

First Night Boston, the original citywide festival of art and culture, is the country’s oldest and largest New Year’s Eve celebration. On Dec. 31, 2012 from noon to midnight, First Night presents its 37th annual event, which welcomes children, families and revelers of all ages to celebrate community through the arts. All First Night outdoor events are free, though supported by sales of the First Night button, which is the ticket for admission to indoor events. Information about other First Night programming and button sales will be available in the coming months. For more information, call 617-542-1399 or visit www.firstnight.org.

In addition to being the ticket for admission to performances and exhibits throughout Boston on Dec. 31, the First Night button with Termini's image will be featured in all First Night collateral materials, such as print ads, posters, billboards, and MBTA car cards. For more than ten years, Boston’s WBZ-TV has been First Night’s exclusive television sponsor and as such features the button in promotional announcements. WBZ-TV News will have an exclusive series of news features about artists and community groups preparing for First Night in the weeks leading up to the event, and will broadcast live from several downtown locations on Dec. 31.  All First Night outdoor events are free, though supported by sales of the First Night button, which is the ticket for admission to all indoor events. Buttons are $18 (children under 4 admitted free) and will be available at dozens of locations after Thanksgiving. For a complete list of advance sale locations or to buy buttons online (available as of Oct. 3), visit www.firstnight.org. Buttons will be available at a special web price of $15 at www.firstnight.org through Dec. 23. 

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