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P.L.A.Y. After Dark: Power of the Poster

with renowned designers Fraver and Byrd

Renown poster designers David Edward Byrd and Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo are special guests who will take attendees on a kaleidoscopic journey through the power of posters from the last fifty years.  P.L.A.Y. After Dark festivities include conversation with late-night access to the Museum and special exhibition We are Golden, along with cocktails, food, live music from the Bergkamp Brothers Band, pop-up art making, talks and more.

Posters from the “Peace, Love & Posters” competition, a national poster design contest commemorating the iconic Woodstock poster and visually expressing values of kindness, community and our aspirations for the next fifty years, will be on display. Meet and greet the winner of the contest. This is for guests +21 and over.

We are so pleased to announce the grand prize winner and three first prize winners for the Peace, Love, and Posters Contest!

Grand Prize: Tim Gralewski (Rochester Hills, MI)

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First Prizes in Age Category:

24+ age group - Lisa Ng (Redmond, WA)

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19-23 age group - Elizabeth Guzman (Washingtonville, NY)

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15-18 age group - Lindsay Dry (Westport, CT)

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Through this contest, we are so happy to have found the next visual representations of the spirit of Bethel Woods - designs that embody the values of kindness, respect, and community. Congratulations to the winners!

About the guest speakers:
david edward byrd 2.JPGDavid Byrd: In 1967, Byrd helped establish Fantasy-Ultd., a multi-media collective whose many talents created intricate media presentations for clients such as Clairol, Yardley, Bill Blass, Ralph Lauren & Polo, Oscar de la Renta, and Bloomingdale’s. The collective, consisting of 3 women and 4 men, lived on a 110 acre farm in Port Jervis, NY where they also designed and built the various shows.  David created projections, art slides, and glass paintings and ran special effects. In early 1968, Byrd signed on Bill Graham at the new Fillmore East in Manhattan’s East Village, as the exclusive poster & program designer. From 1968 - 1973, he created posters for Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, the Who & their rock opera Tommy; Traffic, Iron Butterfly, Ravi Shankar, and the Grateful Dead. In 1969, David created the commemorative poster for the legendary Woodstock Festival. 

Fraver 1.PNGFrank "Fraver" Verlizzo is an American design artist and Drama Desk Award-winner. He is best known for creating the posters for many prominent Broadway productions, including the original productions of Disney’s The Lion King. Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Sunday in the Park with George.

This is part of the Vibrations series.  Vibrations launches in 2019 with eight unforgettable events bringing together change-makers, artists, and influencers to open conversations, inspire thinking and awaken purpose. Emphasizing the value of the arts and civic engagement, Vibrations brings the legacy of the past into conversation with the movements of today.

All dates, acts, times & ticket prices are subect to change at anytime without notice.

Special 50th anniversary events and activities are supported in part by donors to Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and by a grant awarded to Bethel Woods by Empire State Development and New York State's Division of Tourism/I LOVE NY under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.


  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019   --  6:00 PM Add to cal
  • Jun 5 , 2019
  • Event Gallery
  • 6:00 - 9:00 PLAY After Dark at Museum
  • 6:00pm  Doors Open
    7:00pm  Poster Winner Introduced in Event Gallery
    7:15pm  David Byrd and Fraver Panel, moderated by Winner
    8:15pm  Meet-n-Greet Panelists, Art Activations, Cocktails, Museum & Special Exhibits resume
    9:00pm  Event End

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