Friends of the Festival

Be a “Friend of the Festival” with the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival’s Fourth Annual Limited Edition Print

Thousands of Jeep enthusiasts will be making a trip to Butler June 13-15, 2014 to celebrate the birthplace of the Bantam jeep at the 4th annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival.  Commemorate and support the annual event by being 2014 Friends Print Final with Logoa “Friend of the Festival” with the exclusive 2014 print.

Each year organizers seek out a local artist to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art to commemorate the Festival.  One hundred 16×20 prints are created, signed by the artist and numbered.  The Associated Artists of Butler County helps to coordinate the project.

The 2014 design presents a refreshing twist to the “Friends of the Festival” prints available in past years.  Don Henderson, a 1977 Visual Communications graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and New Kensington resident, is a graphic designer and illustrator so the print is not a painting or drawing but a vector illustration made up of 5,963 individually drawn paths.

Henderson and his son own Henderson Graphic Design and Illustration and have had the opportunity to work with clients such as the Pittsburgh Pirates and the H.J. Heinz Company.  Henderson’s work has been showcased in the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Gallery, the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, and the Carnegie Museum in Oakland among others.

Being a part of the festival is near to Henderson’s heart as it reminded him of his first Jeep, a 1965 CJ5 Tuxedo Park MKIV, and the many he has owned since.

“I’ve been driving Jeeps since I was a teenager and bought my first Jeep,” Henderson said, “I’ve owned nine different Jeeps, so to be asked to do the illustration for the 2014 Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival was not only an honor for me, but it just seemed like something I was destined to do.”

The design features a Bantam logo with an outline of the Butler County Courthouse and a BRC-40 from a lower angle view in order to emphasize the distinctive grill of the Jeep.  The details were drawn from photos that Henderson took of the BRC-40 and rely heavily on the Bantam’s history as a military vehicle as well as the close tie to its birthplace in Butler.

“Since the genesis of the first Jeep was for the military, I wanted to use a pallet of colors that would have an unmistakable military look, olive drab and khaki,” Henderson said.

Henderson’s decision to include the red keystone known as the “bloody bucket” in the background of the artwork was influenced by a visit to the WWI National Guard of Pennsylvania memorial.

“I like to think that the BRC-40 and the fighting spirit of the people of Butler are deeply connected,” Henderson added.

“The Friends of the Festival series is such a great opportunity to celebrate the Jeep’s heritage in our community while recognizing local talented artists,” said Patti Jo Lambert, the Festival’s director. “The print is a perfect addition to any Jeep enthusiast’s collection.”

The prints are four-color process lithographs printed on a uncoated grey cover stock. They feature foil embossing of a high definition brass die to showcase the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival logo.

The prints are $100 each (plus $4 shipping and handling) and include a certificate of authenticity.  The print can be purchased in our online store.  Call the Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau at 724-234-2291 for more information.


We do have a few remaining prints from previous years.  If you would like to begin your own collection or start one for a Jeep enthusiast you know, contact us for details.