Grand Haven Tribune: Gary Grimshaw Memorial Series now on display

Gary Grimshaw Memorial Series now on display

Krystle Wagner • Oct 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Pieces of rock ‘n’ roll history are on display in Grand Haven.

Now through Nov. 30, the Gary Grimshaw Memorial Series will be at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave. Laura Grimshaw, the wife of the late Gary, will give a talk at 7 p.m. today to discuss Gary’s youth, time in the U.S. Navy and his career as a poster artist for the Grande Ballroom as well as for various artists.

Beginning at 8 p.m., there will be a walking tour of the exhibit panels, and people can ask questions about Gary’s work.

A Detroit native, Gary provided visuals for art, culture and political movements. Gary, who died in 2014, was the primary poster artist for Detroit’s Grande Ballroom and also did work for MC5.

Throughout his career, Gary created posters, logos and graphics. Although his work was all done by hand, he worked on restoring his posters once he embraced technology, Laura said of her late husband’s work.

Gary was a Vietnam War veteran and a member of the White Panther Party, also known as the Rainbow People’s Party.

In the past few years, Laura has worked to keep Gary’s art alive and looks for museums and libraries interested in hosting the series. The exhibit is in partnership with the Gary Grimshaw Legacy Foundation and Lo & Behold!

Pieces of Gary Grimshaw’s work are also on display in the “Litmus Test: Works on Paper from the Psychedelic Era” exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

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