Artist designs second Balloon Fiesta poster of his career

Posted at: 09/17/2013 8:41 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Two and a half weeks until we mark the beginning of the 42nd Balloon Fiesta. It's time to get your camera ready, pullout your pin collection and make room for this year's official poster.

Today in Nambe, KOB Eyewitness News 4 sat down with an artist whose work was chosen for the Fiesta poster.

Amado Pena Jr. wasn't born in New Mexico. But he's been here for 35 of his 70 years. Pena was first selected a couple years ago to design the official Balloon Fiesta poster. He was honored then. But when they asked him again…

"The second poster was actually harder than the first poster because I didn't want to duplicate something that… Focus on the event obviously, but also try to come up with symbols that represent New Mexico," Pena said.

Pena has been creating works of art since he was 10 years old, and figures he's sold literally thousands of his Native American inspired pieces. He sees doing a balloon poster as more than creating a memento or keepsake.

"The fact that it's part of this big huge event, the individual is going to take home some memories that they're going to share with other people," Pena said.

Considering how unique Pena's balloons are on canvas, KOB asked him if there's any chance we might see a Pena balloon flying over the New Mexico skies someday.

"I haven't gotten an offer yet, but you know, it's an open deal. Ha, ha, ha. I wouldn't mind having one," Pena said.

Pena plans on being there every day of this year's balloon fiesta. He said you'll be able to find him in the large official merchandise tent. He'll sign the 2013 Official Balloon Fiesta poster if you buy it there.