Friday, June 15, 2012

Poster Party Slings Art, Food and Beer

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Posters by Craig Tanner bearing vintage images with modern text sold out.,
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Posters by Craig Tanner bearing vintage images with modern text sold out Thursday at the Poster Party.

Put more than 30 local artists to work crafting an original bike-themed piece, print a limited run on posters and sling them for $30 a piece to benefit a local organization: That's the formula of the Poster Party.

The interior of the Oliver Russell building downtown was bisected by two makeshift white paper walls on Thursday, June 14, upon which were hung posters for patrons to peruse. In the corner, buyers snapped up their favorite work while hobnobbing in the crowd.

Art fans found no shortage of work that evening, with original crafts by local artists like former Boise Weekly contributor Noble Hardesty, BW's former graphic designer Adam Rosenlund and more, while graffiti artists Sector 17 painted on large makeshift walls out front.

In the adjacent parking lot, art fans filtered out of the gallery for food slung by the Archie's Place food truck, many of them cradling beers by Payette Brewing. In the shadow of Alan Heathcock's newly revealed story "Streetlamps" turned street art, no less.

Archies Place food truck crafted the Poster Party Joe, a lamb, au jus and cheese concoction.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Archie's Place food truck crafted the Poster Party Joe, a lamb, au jus and cheese concoction
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The outdoor area became a party-like atmosphere much different from the hustle and bustle of art sales indoors.

Posters by Craig Tanner and Jeff Harder sold out halfway through the evening.

Attendee Jeff Kearny said he was more interested in a poster by Jennie Myers.

"The more you look at it, the more you see," he said. "There's a lot of subtlety in it."

Toward the end of the evening, folks working the counter couldn't guess how much they had sold, with proceeds benefiting the Treasure Valley YMCA.

"The answer is 'a lot,'" one said.

Art fans snapped up posters, some snagging a few at a time.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Art fans snapped up posters, some snagging a few at a time.

Jeff Harders poster sold out halfway through the evening.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Jeff Harder's poster sold out halfway through the evening.

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