Detroit Historical Museum Opening Reception for Gary Grimshaw on October 30, 2014

Gary Grimshaw Art Exhibit poster by Dennis Loren, 2014

The Detroit Historical Museum presents an incredible exhibit of work by Gary Grimshaw, Detroit’s counterculture poster artist opening on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:00pm. Grande Ballroom promoter Russ Gibb will be in attendance, as will photographer Leni Sinclair (who also did the Grande Ballroom Light Show with Gary and among others).

On opening night, the Museum will also show the documentary “Louder Than Love: A Grande Ballroom Story” by Tony D’Annunzio.

LOUDER THAN LOVE-The Grande Ballroom Story from Tony D’Annunzio on Vimeo.

Poster fans will especially appreciate Gary’s old friend Ralph Rinaldi who will print a memento that night – for all that attend – on an old letterpress machine at the Museum. Best of all – everything is FREE!

Join the event on Facebook for more details.


Detroit Historical Museum 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit

Carolyn Ferris & Ann Miller Art Exhibit Opening in SoMa, San Francisco on October 24, 2014

Ann Miller & Carolyn Ferris Art Exhibit

San Francisco Bay Area artists Carolyn Ferris and Ann Miller are pleased to present an exhibition of their work from October 24, 2014 – January 8, 2015. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 24th 2014 from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and light musical entertainment will be provided by Karine Woodward. The reception and exhibition will be housed at Michael Thompson Framing, in the heart of SoMa, at 647 7th Street in San Francisco, CA. The space offers a unique yet relaxed, and visually pleasing environment. Free parking will be available both in front of the building and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Both artists will be present at the opening evening reception on October 24th. Throughout the weekend, the exhibition and opportunities to meet the artists will continue. On Saturday, October 25th Ann Miller will be present at the exhibit from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., while Carolyn Ferris will be showing her work at The Rock Poster Society’s ( annual fall Festival of Rock Posters from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

On Sunday, October 26, 2014 both Carolyn Ferris and Ann Miller will be available to meet and talk with the public at the exhibition from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. During the same weekend (October 25th – 26th) both artists’ work will be displayed at ArtSpan (, located at 934 Brannan Street in San Francisco, California.

About Carolyn Ferris: A surrealistic artist of canvas paintings and digital creations, Carolyn Ferris began her career as an abstract artist. After working with psychedelic psychologist Timothy Leary in the late 1990’s, and on his advice, she shifted to computer generated artwork. It was in 1997 when Carolyn first discovered and delved into the world of rock poster art. Having created work for Santana, The Fillmore and The Warfield in San Francisco, her signature surreal rock poster art is now iconic. Since 2009 she has created poster art for Moonalice (, a band that has initiated a significant resurgence in rock poster art since their debut in 2007. In 2013 the artist returned to painting, rendering original works of art from various Moonalice posters. At the exhibition, there will be an exclusive showing of the first-ever “singing canvas”, Carolyn’s recently created 30 inch acrylic on canvas which correlates to “Silver Linings”, an endearing Moonalice song written by Roger McNamee. The canvas, in turn, will be made into a Moonalice poster which will be available at their show at Don Quixote’s Music Hall in Felton, California on December 19th, 2014. Carolyn, who lives in Fairfax, California, finds sanctuary with great music, adventure, and the ability to create her surrealistic worlds for a purpose. For more information please visit and She may also be found on the social web on Facebook as CarolynFerrisArt, and on Twitter as CarolynFerris.

About Ann Miller: An artist and calligrapher, Ann Miller founded M2 Design in 1979 in order to pursue freelance graphics and illustration work. She has further developed her letterform and book arts techniques in advanced study with master calligraphers. Having been published in Letter Arts Review, and Bound & Lettered, her work reflects her love of the history of writing and its techniques. In 2002, Academy of Art University requested that she develop online courses in Calligraphy and Letterform and Advanced Calligraphy, which she has taught since. Additionally, the artist teaches letterform design at San Francisco Center for the Book. Ann’s creations include a 12-foot family tree for the actress Brooke Shields which was featured in the NBC television series, “Who Do You Think You Are?”, as well as a series of calligraphy murals for the new public library in the city of Belmont, California. Her presence on the web may be found at, on, and on

About Michael Thompson Framing: Since 1985, Michael Thompson Framing has been one of the leading full service custom framing companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. With a clientele including distinguished designers, top art consultants and architects, Fortune 500 companies, and prestigious art galleries, the firm is particularly involved in the art community of San Francisco. In addition to utilizing the space for such exhibitions, Michael Thompson Framing serves as a hub for ArtSpan, a non-profit organization which builds community by connecting the public to visual arts in San Francisco. Michael Thompson Framing is located at 647 7th Street in San Francisco, CA between Brannan Street and Townsend Street. More information may be found at, or by calling 415.861.5717.

Contact: For more information about the exhibition, contact Michael Thompson at 415.861.5717

Download the Ferris Miller Art Exhibit Press Release

Michael Thompson Framing 647 7th Street, San Francisco

Artists’ Work to Be Featured in SoMa, San Francisco, California

So Many Roads: The World in the Grateful Dead, November 5-8, 2014

Appearances by Chris Shaw, David Singer, Dennis Larkins, Gary Houston, & Stanley Mouse

So Many Roads: The World in the Grateful Dead, A Conference & Symposium

So Many Roads: The World of the Grateful Dead will bring together poster artists, scholars, participants, and enthusiasts for a ground-breaking four-day international conference and symposium exploring the meaning and impact of the Grateful Dead phenomenon.

The conference represents the culmination of five decades of academic work on the Grateful Dead phenomenon, and demonstrates how scholarly understanding of the Grateful Dead leads to broader understanding of a host of associated literary, historical, artistic, and social contexts and issues.

Over 50 speakers are confirmed. The international roster includes academics, family members and associates of the band, journalists, artists, musicians, and over 15 authors of Dead-related books. On Friday, a celebration of San Francisco poster art featuring work by Stanley Mouse, David Singer, Dennis Larkins, Gary Houston and Chris Shaw will be held in conjunction with a major exhibit of Grateful Dead art in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library.

Confirmed participants include Grateful Dead Vault Archivist and Legacy Manager David Lemieux; Rhino Records President Mark Pinkus; acoustician Elizabeth Cohen; technology investor and Moonalice founder Roger McNamee; journalists David Dodd, David Gans, Blair Jackson and Steve Silberman; musicologists Graeme Boone, Shaugn O’Donnell and Brian Felix; historians Michael Kramer and Peter Richardson; photographers Susana Millman, Jay Blakesberg, Ed Perlstein and Bob Minkin; and master chefs Kimball Jones, Kevin Weinberg and Ray Sewell. Family members of the band include Trixie Garcia, Rosie McGee, and Rhoney Stanley.

On Friday November 7, from 6-9 PM there will be a poster reception and Musical Performance by Doobie Decibel System (Roger McNamee and Jason Crosby)

For event registration and more information, visit the conference website.

SJSU Student Union 211 S 9th St

New Exhibit at SFO – When Art Rocked: San Francisco Music Posters 1966–1971

When Art Rocked: San Francisco Music Posters

When Art Rocked: San Francisco Music Posters 1966–1971

International Terminal
Departures – Level 3 – Pre-Security
September 2014 – March 2015

Includes work by David Singer, Lee Conklin, Stanley Mouse, Wes Wilson

From 1966 to 1971, an unprecedented quantity of extraordinary graphic art was produced in the San Francisco Bay Area. This resulted from the demand for posters, handbills, and flyers advertising rock concerts in San Francisco. The two main patrons of this proliferation of posters were Bill Graham – who promoted concerts at the Fillmore and Chet Helms, leader of an organization called the Family Dog, which produced concerts at the Avalon Ballroom.

Big Five SF Poster Artists, 1967Poster artists were often inspired by Art Nouveau masters such as Alphonse Mucha whose blocky lettering was made psychedelic by Wes Wilson. Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse were further drawn to advertising art and appropriated images. Mouse and a Southern California artist named Rick Griffin were also infatuated with the artwork that grew out of hot-rod car culture. Victor Moscoso, on the other hand, created posters that nearly vibrated before the viewer’s eyes.

This exhibition features over 150 posters created by these five artists along with many lesser-known artists who designed posters for shows at the Fillmore and Avalon featuring bands such as the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and the Thirteenth Floor Elevators.

Guest curator Ben Marks is the Senior Editor of and the Vice-President of The Rock Poster Society, whose members kindly loaned all of the posters, postcards, handbills, tickets, and other ephemera for this exhibition. For more information about The Rock Poster Society, please visit

View the exhibition online.

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When Art Rocked is located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall Departures Lobby, San Francisco International Airport. The exhibition is on view to all Airport visitors from September 29, 2014, to March 22, 2015. There is no charge to view the exhibition.

About SFO Museum

SFO Museum was established by the Airport Commission in 1980 for the purposes of humanizing the Airport environment, providing visibility for the unique cultural life of San Francisco, and providing educational services for the traveling public. The Museum was granted initial accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 1999, reaccredited in 2005, and has the distinction of being the only accredited museum in an airport. Today, SFO Museum features twenty-five galleries throughout the Airport terminals displaying a rotating schedule of art, history, science, and cultural exhibitions, as well as the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum, a permanent collection dedicated to the history of commercial aviation. To browse current and past exhibitions, research our collection, or for more information, please visit

When Art Rocked: San Francisco Music Posters