Hello Poster Show at Cupcake Royale

You could own a limited-edition piece of art for a mere $20.

By Shawna Leader April 3, 2012


This article originally appeared in the April 2012 issue of Seattle magazine.

What image does the phrase “forces of nature” bring to mind? A tornado? Crashing waves? An apple falling on Isaac Newton’s head?

Last winter, the Hello Poster Show (hellopostershow.com) extended a call for entries, asking graphic designers from all over the globe to translate the concept into bold, screen-printed posters—the best of which are now available for purchase.

Founded in 2009 by Seattle-based freelance designers Benjamin K. Shown and Alanna MacGowan, the Hello Poster Show arts invitational is now in its fifth iteration (past themes have included “lost and found,” “goodbye” and “hello”). Curators MacGowan and Shown chose 16 posters based on craft, concept, creative interpretations of the theme and use of this year’s mandatory colors (vivid red and sea green). Their selections will adorn the walls of Capitol Hill’s Cupcake Royale this month, starting with an opening event on April 5 (6 p.m. Cupcake Royale, 1111 E Pike St.; 206.883.7656; cupcakeroyale.com).

Only 20 prints of each poster are for sale, meaning you could own a limited-edition piece of art for a mere $20. Proceeds always benefit a local charity—this time it’s Seattle-based Youth in Focus, an after-school photography program for disadvantaged teens.

Blank wall, say hello to new art.


Poster (at right) designed by Stuart Haury


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