Sunday, November 18, 2007

Seattle Havana Poster Show

This last Thursday night, Johann and I went to the send-off party for the Seattle-Havana Poster Show at Verite Coffee in Ballard. This was the follow-up event to the original exhibit at Bumbershoot this last Labor Day weekend in which Johann had a piece - the fine feathered pinata featured on this delightful handbill, in fact.

The party was a fundraiser to collect funds to ship the exhibition to Havana this Spring to be displayed in a local gallery there. The project itself was a labor of love forged by two local graphic designers, one of whom traveled to Cuba and worked with designers there to bring the beautiful work of a culture we are sadly all-too-divorced from to the U.S. Now we're returning the favor and sending the work of some of Seattle's most talented designers to Cuba for exhibition.

These guys have put together a fantastic body of work on a shoestring budget, bringing together artists who are otherwise so separated from eachother under the umbrella of shared talent, interest and cultural exchange. It was an exciting thing to see.

Of course, my ultimate motivation to be there was seeing Johann's piece in this show. I'll never grow tired of seeing his work displayed and hearing the well-deserved praise he receives for it. :)


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