Wavy Gravy 50th Birthday Benefit Poster
Wavy Gravy 50th Birthday Benefit Poster
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Wavy Gravy 50th Birthday Benefit Poster

  • 1st Printing $220 $220 $0 Mint
  • 1st Printing $220 $220 $0 Mint
  • Wavy Gravy 50th Birthday Benefit
Item Number:
  • BCT860515-PO
  • May 15, 1986
  • 22 3/4" x 34 1/4"

Wavy Gravy, that member of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters famous for his declaration from the Woodstock stage, "... what we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000 people," who progressed from protester to pro-active advocate for world health initiatives and youth mentoring programs, was the focus of this benefit [for just about anything] birthday party. Affectionately called a '... clown for all seasons' and bearing a jarring, if studied, resemblance to Harpo Marx, Herb Romney [his real name] became a member of Seva [literally, 'service'] and is an excellent example of the wild-hippie-to-world-helper transformation.

About Alton Kelley

As a founding member of the Family Dog, Kelley handled promotions for the events at the Avalon Ballroom, drawing posters and handbills. He soon met up with Stanley Mouse, and their association nurtured Kelley's success as an artist. Kelley had a natural talent for collage and a keen eye for culling and combining imagery and styles from diverse sources. Teamed with Mouse's drafting skill, collaborations became increasingly sophisticated, yet irreverent. Kelley always worked by hand, producing posters and other print graphics for a wide array of entertainment-oriented clients.