A Review of 2013 With Dennis Loren

2013 Moonalice posters by Dennis Loren

Artist Dennis Loren had a productive 2013 with the addition of five designs to the Moonalice poster series. When Dennis wasn’t busy designing posters, he managed to squeeze in two trips back to his hometown of Detroit for a couple of weeks. It’s always a delight to chat with Dennis, and we recently sat down with him and discussed some of his highlights from the past year. Dennis shared what his favorite poster design from last year was and gave us a little insight to the other posters he designed for Moonalice in 2013.

Hello all Moonalice fans, Dennis Loren here. Our webmaster Nick Cernak asked me to say a few words about my favorite poster that I created for Moonalice in 2013. The funny thing is, I like them all for different reasons, but if I had to choose my “hands down favorite,” I would have to pick the one I did for Moonalice’s April 26th, 2013 gig at the Golden Sails Hotel in Long Beach. This was also one of Roger’s favorites. He sent me an email after he saw it and said, “I love it, Love it, Love it. It has just enough of a Winnie the Pooh vibe to make my day.” It made my day that he liked it so much that he dropped me a line to tell me this. I like making posters that tell a story in one panel. The viewer is always welcome to make up their own story, just as Roger does with his clever Moonalice legends that accompany each poster.

My story behind this poster goes like this. After my mother Dorothy passed away in 1950, my dad, brother David and I moved into my grandparents house on the Southwest side of Detroit. One of the things that I have always liked about tree lined neighborhoods in the Detroit area are the squirrels. They almost become part of the family whose tree they live in – ha!!! My grandmother Amanda use to give my brother David a pocket full of nuts just before he would go out to play in the backyard. She would tell him that if he saw the squirrel come out of the tree, he should hold a couple of nuts in the palm of his hand and just maybe the squirrel would come over and take the nuts out of his hand.

4/26/13 Moonalice poster by Dennis Loren

Moonalice poster M586 by Dennis Loren.

One day back in the early 1950s I was sitting on the back porch reading. David soon came out with a bubble blower and a bottle of soap bubbles. As usual, he was also carrying his stuffed tiger that dad had bought for him at one of the Detroit Tigers baseball games we all went to. I watched as David started blowing bubbles. It was almost a magical signal to the squirrel who came climbing down the tree. I said, “David look the squirrel wants some nuts. Sure enough he reached in his pocket for a couple nuts. Just as grandma had taught him, he calmly got down on his knees and reached out his hand with the palm open and sure enough the squirrel came a took the nut one at a time out of his hand. David would grin from ear to ear when this happened. There really is no moral to my story other than the joy & happiness that can happen with life’s simple pleasures.

All of my other Moonalice posters have stories behind behind them too, but I will just mention the themes that I write down as ideas to get me started with the creative process. With just a little visualization, it doesn’t take me very long to come up with a solid vision that I can bring to life using illustration or montage techniques. Often I use a combination of both Illustration and photographic images.

For my Moonalice 420 poster the theme was “Climate Change & The Environment.”

4/20/13 Moonalice poster by Dennis Loren

Moonalice poster M576 by Dennis Loren.

My 4th of July poster the theme was the very patriotic “Screaming Eagle Guitar Delivery Service” – ha!!!

7/4/13 Moonalice poster by Dennis Loren

Moonalice poster M612 by Dennis Loren.

The theme for the Albany, New York poster was “Urban Neighborhoods Returning To Nature Across America.” Detroit is a prime example of this, but so are cities around the country like Camden, New Jersey, The statue of Dante and his twin is a metaphor for how a person thinks about this situation as either “Heaven or Hell.”

9/27/13 Moonalice poster by Dennis Loren

Moonalice poster M640 by Dennis Loren.

And last but not least is the December 13th Long Beach poster. The theme for this image is “Inventions,”

12/13/13 Moonalice poster by Dennis Loren

Moonalice poster M660 by Dennis Loren.

“And by the way, aren’t the poster designs by ALL the other Moonalice artists just wonderful? I want to thank both Chris Shaw & Alexandra Fischer (the Moonalice art direction dynamic duo) and Moonalice for all the freedom they give me to come up with interesting imagery for my poster designs. If you have been in this business as long as I have, you know what a tremendous thing this is. There are no ‘focus groups’ or ‘design committees’ to shoot down that initial inspiration or ask you to change this or that. When artists have this kind of freedom – in my opinion – they come up with their best work.”

Fans can expect to see more amazing work by Dennis in 2014. Join the Moonalice Mailing List to stay updated with future events.

Moonalice Poster Highlights From 2013

Moonalice had an epic year in the art department with the addition of 111 new posters in 2013. The series now totals 664 posters designed by 19 of the finest artists in the country.

Moonalice Posters 2013

1/4/13 Moonalice poster by David Singer

The year started with a couple of shows in January. The first was in Grass Valley (M554) with poster designed by legendary Fillmore poster artist David Singer. The following night saw the band in Felton with a poster that thrilled the audience (M555) by the amazing Wendy Wright.
1/5/13 Moonalice poster by Wendy Wright

The Annual 420 Tribal Pow-Wow Celebration was a real treat for all fans in attendance as a total of 15 posters were handed out (M571-M585) by artists Carolyn Ferris, Darrin BrennerDavid Singer, Dennis Loren, Dennis Larkins, Dave Hunter, Lauren Yurkovich,  Stanley Mouse, Lee Conklin, Ron Donovan, Wes WilsonAlexandra FischerWendy WrightJohn Marvoudis, & John Seabury.

420 Moonalice Poster Set - 2013

Fans also had the option of purchasing a limited edition silkscreen poster for the event (M570) designed Gary Houston of Voodoo Catbox.

4/20/13 Moonalice silkscreen poster by Gary Houston

Dennis Larkins continues to impress and fans witnessed a beautiful five panel mural called Dream Puzzle, later to be produced as a pentaptych poster set (M577, M568, M569, M596, M597) for the series.

Moonalice poster pentaptych by Dennis Larkins

Other highlights from the Moonalice poster series in 2013 include:

- (M591) 5/7/13 Bread & Roses Benefit at Delancey Street poster by David Singer

5/7/13 Moonalice poster by David Singer

 - (M611) 7/3/13 Moonalice with Bob Weir and Fog at TRI Studios poster by Alexandra Fischer
7/3/13 Moonalice poster by Alexandra Fischer

- (M624) 8/5/13 Grateful Dead Tribute Night at AT&T Park poster by Chris Shaw
8/5/13 Moonalice (Small) poster by Chris Shaw

- (M640) 9/27/13 The Linda WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany poster by Dennis Loren
9/27/13 Moonalice poster by Dennis Loren

- (M645) 10/6/13 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park poster by Stanley Mouse
10/6/13 Moonalice poster by Stanley Mouse

- (M646) 10/9/13 Union Square in San Francisco poster by Darrin Brenner
10/9/13 Moonalice poster by Darrin Brenner

- (M664) 12/29/13 Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley poster by David Singer
12/29/13 Moonalice poster by David Singer

The Moonalice Legend: Poster and Words, Volume 4 Hardback Book

The Moonalice Legend: Posters and Words, Vol 4

This beautiful, hardbound coffee table book has 208 full-color pages, is 9″ x 12″ x 1″ in size & weighs nearly 4 pounds!!!

At a time when truthiness and outright fabrication dominate the news and politics, it’s hard to know what to believe. This book is not only beautiful, it’s believable. The Moonalice Legend has stood the test of time, filling in the blanks of history with nuggets of information that would otherwise exist only in the minds of our tribe. The Legend goes where scholars fear to tread, from the extinct redwood hemp forests of coastal California to the secret behind Seabiscuit’s racing success to the smuggling prowess of Boomer the Whale. You’ll also learn about the silos that almost lead to the Millerton Missile Crisis, about marriage equality for butterfly people and about the randy exploits of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Adam. This book will introduce you to the amazing Affiches Sans Concerts (Posters Without Concerts), the Desert Potapus, the highest pass in the Rockies, and the origins of bowling in Brooklyn. When it comes to history, there is nothing like the Moonalice Legend.

This book also includes the best poster art of San Francisco, created for a band committed to the notion that music, art and laughing are good for the human spirit.

Includes art by Chris Shaw, David SingerAlexandra Fischer, Carolyn FerrisDennis Loren, Lee Conklin, Chuck Sperry, Dave Hunter, Ron Donovan, Stanley Mouse, Lauren Yurkovich, Wes Wilson, Wendy Wright, John Seabury, & Dennis Larkins.

The legend continues…

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M285 – M378

 

Happy New Year Poster Release

According to Moonalice legend, we wish the entire Tribe a very happy new year! If the polar vortex is bringing you down, we suggest lining your walls with Moonalice posters, staying bundled up inside and firing up a fat one. Nothing will warm your spirit faster than gazing at these hot designs!

 

12/29/13 Moonalice poster by David SingerDecember 29, 2013
Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA
Moonalice poster by David Singer

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M664

 

 

 

 

 

12/28/13 Moonalice poster by Alexandra FischerDecember 28, 2013
19 Broadway. Fairfax, CA
Moonalice poster by Alexandra Fischer

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M663

 

 

 

 

 

12/27/13 Moonalice poster by Dennis LarkinsDecember 27, 2013
Don Quixote’s Music Hall, Felton, CA
Moonalice poster by Dennis Larkin

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M662

 

 

 

 

 

12/14/13 Moonalice poster by Alexandra FischerDecember 14, 2013
Winston’s, San Diego CA
Moonalice poster by Alexandra Fischer

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M661

 

 

 

 

 

12/13/13 Moonalice poster by Dennis LorenDecember 13, 2013
Golden Sails Hotel, Long Beach, CA
Moonalice poster by Dennis Loren

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M660

 

 

 

 

 

10/6/13 Moonalice poster by Stanley MouseOctober 6, 2013
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
Moonalice poster by Stanley Mouse

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M645

 

 

 

 

 

9/28/13 Moonalice poster by Alexandra FischerSeptember 28, 2013
Levon Helm Studios, Woodstock, NY
Moonalice poster by Alexandra Fischer

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M641

 

 

 

 

9/16/13 Roger McNamee poster by Chris ShawSeptember 16, 2013
Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA
Moonalice poster by Chris Shaw

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8/30/13 Moonalice poster by Dave HunterAugust 30, 2013
The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Moonalice poster by Dave Hunter

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M632

 

 

 

 

 

8/23/13 Moonalice poster by Gary HoustonAugust 23, 2013
Eugene Celebration, Eugene, OR
Moonalice poster by Gary Houston

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M630

 

 

 

 

 

6/30/13 Moonalice poster by Lee ConklinJune 30, 2013
Italian Street Painting, Marin, San Rafael, CA
Moonalice poster by Lee Conklin

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M610

 

 

 

 

 

6/19/13 Moonalice poster by Gary GrimshawJune 19, 2013
Union Square Live, San Francisco, CA
Moonalice poster by Gary Grimshaw

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M605

 

 

 

 

 

3/23/13 Moonalice poster by Darrin BrennerMarch 23, 2013
Winston’s, San Diego, CA
Moonalice poster by Darrin Brenner

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M562

 

 

 

 

 

3/16/13 Moonalice poster by Carolyn FerrisMarch 16, 2013
Hiller Aviation Museum, San Carlos, CA
Moonalice poster by Carolyn Ferris

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M558

 

 

 

 

 

1/5/13 Moonalice poster by Wendy WrightJanuary 5, 2013
Don Quixote’s Music Hall, Felton, CA
Moonalice poster by Wendy Wright

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M555

 

 

 

1/4/13 Moonalice poster by David SingerJanuary  4, 2013
The Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, CA
Moonalice poster by David Singer

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M554

 

 

 

 

 

1/31/09 Moonalice poster by Alexandra FischerJanuary 31, 2009
Don Quixote’s, Felton, CA
Moonalice poster by Alexandra Fischer

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M137

 

 

 

 

 

1/30/09 Moonalice poster by David SingerJanuary 30, 2009
Little Fox Theater, Redwood City, CA
Moonalice poster by  David Singer

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M136