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January 3, 2013

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Farrier hangs poster exhibit at Firehouse

Newburyport artist Sandy Farrier has created a new exhibit of theater posters for the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Market Square. Farrier has combined some of his favorite passions -- theater, art and design -- but with a twist. His posters are for plays that have not yet been written.

The show, "Posters for Plays Not Yet Written," will run from Jan. 9 through Feb. 10 in the Firehouse's gallery. Free to attend, the gallery is open from Wednesday through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

A frequent performer on the Firehouse stage, Farrier is familiar with the theater world.

Alan Huisman, development editor at Heinemann Educational Books in Portsmouth, N.H. discussed Farrier's exhibit in a press release. “There are theatre posters, and then there are theatre posters. The worst examples are utilitarian handbills, providing the ‘who-what-when-where’ and perhaps an innocuous, almost always arbitrary, illustration," he wrote. "They’re passed by, ignored; don’t get people in the seats who wouldn’t have been sitting in them anyway. The best are pieces of art in and of themselves, delivering an arresting visual manifestation of the essence of the play while also conveying the logistical information clearly but simply and unobtrusively. Sandy’s are decidedly in the latter category, deserving of permanent display, suitable for framing...His posters make you want to see this play, find your way to that theatre, get there on time, and take your seat.”

“This work bridges three interests of mine: design, photography and theater," Farrier said in a statement. "A poster concept, or, as creative types refer to it, 'the way in,' can come from any of those starting points, and often the final design is informed by all three. Shown here are a few of the over 50 different posters from this series. One of these days I need to write the plays to go with them.”

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