A new art exhibit opening in the Phish motherland of Burlington, VT on Saturday, October 5th, entitled “Phish In The North Country” will display the visual artwork that has existed alongside their musical endeavors throughout their 35-year career. From hand-drawn flyers for early-80’s shows at local bar Nectar’s, to rare and valuable prints from some of the many decorated artists the band has worked with over the years, the exhibit takes its guests backwards down Phish’s numberline through the art that has always accompanied
In a video tour given to the Burlington Free Press, Phish archivist Kevin Shapiro takes viewers on a sneak preview of the exhibit and explains a little more about its significance. As Shapiro explains in the video, “The band has played a lot of shows in ‘The North Country.’ We in ‘The North Country’ know what that means, but not everybody does, so I’ll define it: To me, [a show in] ‘The North Country,” at least in terms of Phish, is a show that you can run to maybe after work or school, see the show, and–assuming that you’ve stayed safe enough to drive home–drive home after the show and be back before daylight.”
Shapiro will deliver a special talk at the exhibit’s location on November 4th from 1-3pm for those who want an even closer look into the history of Phish in Burlington and the rest of the Northeast. For more information about the exhibit, visit the Flynn Center‘s website.
Watch Kevin Shapiro’s sneak-peek video tour of the new “Phish In The North Country” exhibit opening Saturday, 10/1/17 at the Flynn Center in Burlington, VT below:
The exhibit looks at the band’s 30-plus year history, starting in Burlington bars and nightclubs like Nectar’s, and Hunt’s to stages in Boston, Albany and Saratoga Springs, with a focus on shows within a driving distance for Vermont fans.
Fine art pieces will accompany concert posters, as well as special edition posters in honor of the 20th anniversary of the WaterWheel Foundation, the band’s charitable organization.
“Phish In The North Country” Exhibit Info
WHAT: “Phish in the North Country”
WHEN: Gallery exhibit showing Saturday through Dec. 30. Special event: Talk with Phish Archivist Kevin Shapiro, 1-3 p.m. Nov. 4.
WHERE: Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, 153 Main St., Flynn Center, Burlington
ADMISSION: Free. 863-5966, More information: www.flynncenter.org
[h/t – Jambase]
[Cover photo – Left: The flyer for the band’s first-ever club date, on display at “Phish In The North Country; Right: Phish circa 1987, photographer unknown]