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Local poster artist Art Chantry at Tacoma Public Library

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Dec. 28, 2010 at 6:04 am |
January 2, 2011 9:43 pm
Art Chantry, "Tartuffe." Photo courtesy Tacoma public Library.

Seattle-based graphic artist  Art Chantry is known around the world for his vibrant, pop-and-psychedelic influenced posters, album covers and magazine covers, not to mention sunglasses and skateboards. Raised in Tacoma, Chantry’s worked for Sub Pop, The Rocket, Hempfest and Seattle’s Bathhouse Theatre, and is collected by the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, the Louvre and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (how’s that for diverse?)

And he’s coming to the Tacoma Public Library next week to talk about it all. Next Wednesday Chantry will be at the main branch downtown for a free lecture and signing, and apparently there’s a surprise in store, according to TPL communications man Dave Domkoski.

Art Chantry poster design. Photo courtesy Tacoma public Library.

Says Domkoski: “Chantry’s sense of design relates to the punk scene in Seattle as he finds himself, with the avant-garde, creating posters for local rock concerts. Chantry has championed what he considers to be the “subculture” of design, a neglected commercial usage of the industrial trade seen in the tool catalogs of the 1940s and ‘50s.”

7 p.m. Jan. 5, doors open 6:30 p.m. for limited seating. Free. Content not recommended for kids. Tacoma Public Library main branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. South, Tacoma. 253-591-5666, www.tacomapubliclibrary.org

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