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Outta Sight! July 18 - September 20


Clayton, NY - June 20, 2019 - The Thousand Islands Arts Center (TIAC) is excited to announce an exclusive exhibition showcasing over 75 iconic rock and pop posters from the Darden MacWade collection.

Darden MacWade, a seasonal resident of Point Marguerite, Alexandria Bay, and Jackson, Mississippi, has spent decades in the music industry including stints as a nightclub and radio disc jockey, television and radio news editor, radio talk show host, and music shop proprietor, as well as posts for the Warner-Elektra-Atlantic record labels and Capitol Records. Many of the posters came to his record shops as promotional posters for new releases while others he collected along the way. The collection includes some of the most iconic posters ever produced including ones of Bob Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, Elvis, and the Beatles. Most of the initial posters are now framed and will be for sale during the opening and throughout the exhibition. Unframed posters will also be offered as “cash and carry.”

In recollecting about his extensive and eclectic collection, Darden wistfully said: “You can almost hear the music by looking at these posters. And, if you cannot, we’ll play that music for you at the Opening!”

The opening reception for Outta Sight! exhibition will be held at the TIAC on July 18th, from 6:30 – 8:30, and remain on display through September 20th. A Gallery Talk by MacWade will be offered on Friday, July 19, at 1 p.m. Tickets for the Opening may be purchased online at www.TIArtsCenter.org, by phone, mail, or at the TIAC. The Gallery Talk, also being held at the Arts Center, is free and open to the public, and will describe many of the stories behind the fabled posters on display.

Leslie Rowland, TIAC executive director, said: “This impressive exhibition is a little different from our more traditional art openings. When Darden came to us with a sampling of his posters collected over several decades, and shared the background stories, we knew we had a winner! It’s bound to conjure up many memories for boomers as well as a younger audience which enjoys the music of that period today just as much as others did then.”

Admission to the exhibition opening is $50 for TIAC members and $75 for non-members and will feature food, beverages, music and dancing.