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Arnold Couple Creates Crabby Designs From Home

By Sarah Hainesworth, Capital Gazette Reporter, Article issued on July, 19, 2015

Eva and Joe Barsin, graphic designers who met while attending Kent State University, have worked together the majority of their lives so starting their own company, Citizen Pride, was a no-brainer. Run out of their Arnold home, Citizen Pride was created in 2013 and specializes in Maryland themed flags, note cards, magnets and more. Working together, they say, is a breeze.


Annapolis Film Festival Guide

By Theresa Winslow, Capital Gazette Reporter, Article issued on March 25, 2015

The 2015 poster is by festival art director Joe Barsin, and features the USS Annapolis (circa 1890s) in Ego Alley, with the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial in the foreground and downtown shops on either side. On the huge sail of the ship is "Talk Movie To Me!" Signs for the festival are on the street light poles.
Barsin also designed the posters for the festival's first two years. The inaugural poster featured a riff on Marilyn Monroe. Last year's showed potential audience members.
"People think of Annapolis as the capital and the Naval Academy and that's it," Barsin said. "But it's up and coming for the arts."


'Treasure the Chesapeake' vehicle plate owners eligible for perks

By Wendi Winters, Capital Gazette Reporter, Article issued on April 23, 2014

The Baysox, along with 10 other businesses on Tuesday, joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust to launch Plate Perks, a rewards and incentives program for owners of "Treasure the Chesapeake" license plates. These owners pay $20 over normal vehicle registration fees to own the plates, which feature a white egret and a blue crab gazing over a Chesapeake Bay vista.
The plates have been sold since 1990. The current design was done by local artist Joe Barsin in 2004.


Artist Designs Annual Lights Parade Poster

By Wendi Winters, Capital Gazette Reporter, Article issued on November 11, 2011

The artist tapped to create the iconic collectible poster art for the 28th Annual Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade is from the Broadneck Peninsula. That shouldn't be a surprise - this finger of land is home to many talented artists. But, this is the first time, since 1988, the creator selected for this very visible, sought-after project is a graphic artist. Instead of daubing paint on a canvas, Joe Barsin of Arnold created the poster on his computer.