The New Pickle Circus Posters
The New Pickle Circus lives on in our hearts (and these posters!)
In the process of doing some much-needed spring cleaning, I have been unearthing some treasures from the vaults (otherwise known as the large series of plastic boxes that move around with me from house to house.)
I got these posters at a New Pickle Show in San Francisco CA in winter 1995.Â After the collapse of the Pickle Family Circus on the road in the early 1990’s, the group re-formed under the choreographer/director Tandy Beal‘s direction, and a lot of the same cast members stayed with the show.Â I think the show ran a couple of more years after that.
As I recall, this show had a lot of great talented people on it, including Jeff Raz, Diane Wasnak, Serenity Smith, Bill Forchion, and a few other people.Â I think I saw this show at Fort Mason in San Francisco.Â (I don’t remember why I was in San Francisco in December– possibly visiting my brother and seeing shows.)
These posters are 8.5 x 11, and are black and white, and clearly meant to paper bulletin boards.Â I love how different they are (each individually, but enough the same that they are of a kind)Â And cheap to make!Â And fun to read.
All told, I love these posters, and I’m glad that theyâ€™ve continued to make the cut as I move from house to house, from storage space to storage space.
The original Pickle Family Circus has a facebook group. Â andÂ Tammy Beal is still making circus related dance. http://www.tandybeal.com
I managed this project and rebrand for the Pickles. This work was done by the creative team of Tom Witt and Michael Rylander, who I worked with at Hal Riney & Partners in SF. There’s also a TV commercial that Tom and Mike produced that won a prestigious British Design & Art Direction award. Here’s the ad: https://youtu.be/NTH0kurJhYQ
Tom and Mike called in favors from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to turn a $75K grant into over $250K worth of artwork, printing, and video.
Gary Peare, RBBCC ’79; Blue Unit 1980