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Clayton Opera House
This was our first time using designcontest and we couldn't be more pleased. Many thanks to all of the talented designers that submitted their designs, it was a difficult choosing between so many good entries!
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designed by Herbert Nordal
Background The Clayton Opera House, a nationally registered historic place, is a stately four-story brick structure overlooking the St. Lawrence River in downtown Clayton, New York. The 525-seat Opera House has served as an important hub for cultural and community events for over a century. It is: • a renowned, year-round cultural institution for the presentation of the performing arts • a significant venue for social functions, business activities and community events • a vehicle to provide the community with enrichment, enjoyment and education in the performing arts • an important cultural destination for residents and tourists of the Thousand Islands region. We are in the process of rebranding the Opera House and, as such, are in need of a new logo. More information on the Clayton Opera House can be found at: www.claytonoperahouse.com. Performances The Clayton Opera House hosts a wide variety of music genres (including classical, jazz, classic rock, country, folk, bluegrass, etc.), comedy, theater, and big screen showings of Broadway musicals and live events. Audience The Clayton Opera House is, by and large, currently supported by an older audience (50+). While we will continue to cater to our current customers, we are actively trying to engage a younger crowd (ages 25-45). Goals of the new Logo The new logo should reflect the historic nature of the building and the institution. It should be instantly recognizable and easy to read. And it should be appropriate for everything the Opera House represents -- top-notch music of all genres, a community gathering place, a facility for weddings and private parties, and an anchor of the thriving Thousand Islands village of Clayton. The Clayton Opera House is a high-end facility and historic institution and the logo should reflect that. The logo will be used in print, online, on merchandise and on signage. Final Thoughts The logo must contain these words: “Clayton Opera House”. It can be a text-only logo or it can include some graphic elements. The balcony railing of the Opera House has beautifully-curved balusters and one thought was to incorporate their shallow “S” curve as a graphic element in the logo. Another thought was for the logo to graphically-reference the square facade of the Opera House. While the Opera House is primarily a venue for the performing arts, any graphic references to music or theater should be understated.