Art, Bikes, Music and More at Poster Party 2012 

Thursday, June 14

Poster Party 2012 will be pretty as a picture.

Theresa Johnson

Poster Party 2012 will be pretty as a picture.

After selling hundreds of posters in 2011, the Poster Party is back to sling more work from local artists. This year marks the return of the event blending art, charity, bikes and community into a potent cocktail of culture, which benefited the Boise Bicycle Project last year.

"Last year, they raised over $3,000 for our Biking to Buy the Building campaign," said BBP's Jimmy Hallyburton. "It was tremendously successful, and it seems like this year, I imagine it will do just as well."

Co-organizer Sarah Lunstrum said this year's iteration will benefit the Treasure Valley YMCA and its healthy living programs.

The poster party asks more than 30 local artists to submit original work, which is then printed on posters available for $30 to benefit a local nonprofit. Eager art fans will then descend on the I LOVE YOU/Oliver Russell building downtown, where artists will peddle their wares amid drinks, food and entertainment.

The event is also a major part of BBP's annual Pedal for the People two-wheeled festival.

"We were the biggest-attended event last year," said Lunstrum. "I think we identified 300 or 400 visitors last year."

Archie's Place food truck will be parked adjacent to the party and feature a special Poster Party concoction from Jason Farber. Drinks from Payette Brewing will be available and the Vinyl Preservation Society will spin tunes while Ben and Jerry's will be available for dessert.

Hallyburton encouraged getting there early--the most popular posters sold out quickly last year. However, with artists like Noble Hardesty, Julia Green, Jennifer Hallyburton and dozens more, there's not a bad piece in the bunch.

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