2015 Avofest poster available for purchase
Carpinterian Kim Fults decided on her birthday that this year she would start doing things outside of her comfort zone. As a result, the well-loved former owner of Video World in Casitas Plaza finally submitted a poster design for the California Avocado Festival. Her nostalgic image resonated with the selection committee and was plucked from among 41 submissions as the logo for the 2015 festival.
Poster selection committee chair Geri Carty said, “It was striking, beautifully composed and had an old fashion feel that will appeal to the masses. The icing on the cake is that Kim is such a talented, humble and sweet woman.”
All submissions remain anonymous during the judging period, and when this year’s ballots were counted, Fults’ poster was clearly the favorite, Carty said.
Though she typically shies away from the spotlight, Fults was lauded for her festival design at the Avofest Kick-off Party on Sept. 2 at Union Bank. There she announced plans to donate her $500 prize purse to the Carpinteria High School Future Farmers of America program. Additionally, she received a one-week stay in a Carpinteria condo, which she intends to donate to a silent auction benefiting local youth.
A fourth generation ocean lover who grew up with sand between her toes in Manhattan Beach, Fults studied to become an art therapist in college. Her life path meandered away from art therapy, and landed her in Carpinteria with two daughters in 1987. Fults worked at Video World for years, eventually purchasing the shop. After it closed in 2007, she was hired by Santa Barbara Exotics and began creating art that incorporated agriculture.
Despite this being her own moment in the spotlight, she said she is most proud of her two daughters, Heather, who works with studios in the entertainment industry, and Elyse, who is studying medicine in Chicago.