Around Town

Around Town: Hanging History

Hanging History
Not only has the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival provided Seattle with fattening foods, seemingly endless musical acts and arts of all sorts each Labor Day weekend; it has also provided one local artist a big canvas each year by commissioning one of the city’s master poster artists to design the year’s signage. These works, which serve as the face of the festival each year, have reflected the changing face of the city’s arts community for the last forty years. That face can now be seen at Seattle City Hall, where organizers have hung Umbrella for the Arts: 40 Years of Bumbershoot Artwork in anticipation of the fest’s fortieth year. On July 8, some of the poster artists gathered for the opening reception of the show, along with organizers, city officials and cupcakes. (The show runs through September 7.)

The poster art of Cheryl dos Remédios from 2001 catches the attention of Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith, who chats with the artist about her work.

Remédios poses next to her 1989 poster with sisters Natalie and Tanya Langford.

Artist-curator Dan Smith meanders down the hallways, stopping to check out the poster for Bumbershoot 2003.

A detail shot of Jeff Winslow’s “Gypsy Rainbow” poster from 1988.

Special-edition cupcakes by Trophy Cupcakes, featuring imagery from past Bumbershoot posters, are served at the reception. •