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Art that rocks! Limited edition poster book about classic Birmingham music venue available at Friday fundraiser

Posted Aug 29 2012 10:35am
“The Bottletree Five Year Poster Retrospective” may be gone from the UAB Visual Art Gallery ’s walls, but the artwork lives on, in a limited edition book designed by UAB Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Doug Barrett , M.F.A., and UAB Visual Arts Gallery Interim Director John Fields , M.F.A.

The book, printed by UAB Press, chronicles the exhibit at the UAB Gallery earlier this summer, which covered the first five years of show posters at Birmingham’s The Bottletree Cafe, Bar and Venue .

Only 200 copies of the book were printed, and now only a limited number are left for purchase Friday, Aug. 31, at a book release party at the Bottletree, on a first-come, first-served basis.

The book sells for $40, and each 9-by-12-inch copy is filled with 90 pages of posters, photos of bands playing in the club, essays and quotes from some of the café’s favorite bands. The book also includes observations about Bottletree and Birmingham from Tom Bagby, David Hickox, James Pee Fahy and Fields.

The covers are designed, hand-printed, signed and numbered by Yellowhammer Creative in five different colors, chosen at random for sale. No additional copies will ever be made that include the limited-edition covers.

Pre-ordered books will be available for pick-up the night of the event. Patrons are limited to one book per person.

The party starts at 6 p.m., with a poster sale of individual posters to benefit Bici Co-op, a community bike shop. Next, Bottletree will hold a silent auction for several 16”x20” framed posters from “The Bottletree: A Five Year Poster Retrospective,” to benefit the artists and the UAB Visual Arts Gallery. Afterward at 9:30 p.m., rock out to live musical performances by Dan Sartain, \\.g.t.// and Future Elevators. Admission is $10; $5 for those who have purchased books. As The Bottletree press announcement says, “It’s a treasure you’ll treasure forever!”

About the blogger: Shannon Thomason is a media specialist in the UAB Office of Media Relations . Her beat covers the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the departments of Art & Art History, Theatre and Music, events, alumni and student life at UAB.
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