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Friday, April 1, 2011

April @ Universe City (Ogden)

Rock 'n Roll Poster Art
Who: Universe City, 2556 Washington Boulevard in Ogden
What: Poster Show
When: April 1, 5:00-8:00 pm. opening night reception
exhibit hours:
Fridays, Apr 1, 8, 15: 5:00-8:00 pm
Saturdays, Apr 2, 9, 16: 1:00-5:00 pm
Where: 2556 Washington Boulevard, Ogden

In conjunction with First Friday Art Stroll, Universe City opens an exhibit of poster art from the collection of Mike Corell, Friday, April 1 from 5:00-8:00 PM. The show continues until April 16, Fridays: 5:00-8:00 pm and Saturdays: 1:00-5:00 pm or by appointment. For appointments, call Benjamin Jennings, 801 458-8959.

Mike Correll began seriously collecting music handbills and posters over 25 years ago, begining with the Billy Grahm Presents music program. His vast collection spans four decades, from the early 60's to today, including but not limited to; The Greatful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Widespread Panic, & Phish. His collection also includes work by local acts such as Joe McQueen, Tanglewood, & Frysauce, as well as national acts that have performed at Ogden Venues such as Wild Child Butler, E.C. Scott, and two very recently deceased Blues greats, Eddie Kirkland and Big Jack Johnson.

Highlights of the show will include a large, original poster for the 1978 New Years Eve performance of the Greatful Dead with the Blues Brothers, and many from the "Billy Grahm Presents" series.

Corell says, "I have been collecting for 25 years, and decided that it was time for other people to see them. I also needed to paint my house and this was the only time the walls would be bare for a month."

In the last few years, Mike has been having the work preserved, and framed by local artist Tom Hughes who has recently received his BFA from the Department of Visual Arts at Weber State University

The showing also commemorates Mikes 40th birthday on April 9th. The exhibit was conceived when Mike and Universe City Curator Benjamin Jennings began discussing ways to celebrate.

Jennings says, "I have known Mike since 1989 and have always been thankful for his passionate devotion to live music, especially here in Utah. He has always been an avid supporter and "Rally Man" for the local music scene. A visit to his home is like a visit to any Rock and Roll hall of fame, and I am proud to be the first to publicly display his thorough, and impressive collection. Happy Birthday Buddy!"

For more information about Universe City, please contact Benjamin Jennings, 801-458-8959 or benjaminjennings@mac.com

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