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Laguna born and raised artist designs Festival of Whales logo for 2020

Two years ago, Laguna native Mika (pronounced Meeka) Denny was in the running for the Festival of Whales in Dana Point’s logo design contest. This year, the festival has decided to use her logo for the 2020 event. 

“Good things come to those who wait,” she says. 

The Festival of Whales Foundation Board was very impressed with the submission,” says Festival Coordinator Andrea Swayne. “This design really stuck out to the board. Mika’s artwork is the perfect celebratory feel to represent all the fun new additions we have planned for the Festival of Whales in 2020.”

The festival, which is commemorating its 49th anniversary, celebrates the annual migration of whales along the coast, and this year will be held on March 7, 8, 14, and 15.

Laguna born Mika

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Mika Denny with her design for the 2020 Festival of the Whales

Mika has lots of Laguna Beach connections. 

Laguna Beach is my hometown, actually born at the hospital there as were my kids – attended Aliso Elementary, Thurston, and LBHS. I was the cheerleading coach at LBHS for five years. My 20-year-old daughter is currently attending LCAD.” 

As a kid, Mika used to love to search for whale spouts and spent most every summer day at the beach. She loves the sea and says she is amazed by all of the ocean’s creatures, especially whales. She has been on whale watching trips many times with Captain Dave’s Safari and Dana Wharf Whale Watching. 

Upon graduating from Laguna Beach High School, Mika was awarded a four-year art scholarship from the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. With that she attended Cal State Fullerton and earned a degree in graphic design. 

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2020 Festival of the Whales

During her later years, she lived and worked in Laguna Beach as a Creative Director for a publishing company. She started her own graphic design agency in 2010 and won several awards for logo design, graphic design, and illustration.

As stated in the Dana Point Times,She solely used Adobe Illustrator to create her design. She says it all came down to color and shape. ‘I picked out the complementary colors that I know would make the eye happy. I love playing around with interesting shapes. I love distinguishing shapes within other shapes. And I think that’s pretty evident in this design.’”

She currently resides in Santa Ana and has since retired from her graphic design business and is pursuing fine arts projects in ceramics and drawing. 

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