Etcetera - 03/30/10

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Former Dayton resident Gary Gibson now resides in Laguna Beach, Calif., where he operates The Vintage Poster Gallery. The new San Bernardino campus of the Art Institute of California chose Gary's shop to provide artwork for the opening of its new museum and gallery.

"The Golden Age of Poster Design" exhibit ran from Jan. 21-Feb. 5 and showed rarely seen posters from the late 1890s to 1950 that were created by noted designers and illustrators. Among those art deco, travel and wartime poster and art nouveau artists featured were Jean D'Ylen, Firmin Bouisset, Rogers Broders, Leonetto Cappiello, Noel Fontanet, Sidney H. Riesenburg, Edward Penfield, Theophile Alexandre Steinlen, James Montgomery Flagg, Jules Cheret and Alphonse Mucha, whose 1910 art nouveau work, "Princezna Hyacinta," graces the brochure's cover page.

As owner-manager of The Vintage Poster Gallery, 1492 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, Gary oversees a large collection of antique vintage posters, restorations and the preservation of stone lithographs from the late 1890s forward. Gary is an active member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association. He is a noted consultant for collectors and gives university guest lectures on vintage posters. He travels extensively for and to acquire vintage poster collections. His gallery also offers framing to protect investment-grade art for home and office. "It's a great compliment to be selected at the first exhibition to be hosted in this new venue," Gary said in a newspaper item from Feb. 5. Gary's parents, Bill and Barbara Gibson, reside in Dayton.

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The Association of Descendants of Veterans of World War II Italian Campaign will tour Italy and the American battlefield cemeteries during September, according to a release. Veterans, their families, children and grandchildren will visit Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Cassino, Salerno and the military cemeteries at Florence and Anzio-Nettuno.

For details, call 561-865-8495 or write Sy Canton, Association executive director, at 14130 Nesting Way, Suite C, Delray Beach, FL 33484.

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The National Honor Society induction ceremony March 20 honored outstanding Walla Walla High School students.

The 65 11th- and 12th-grade students selected for membership all have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service in the school and community and exhibited exemplary character as reflected through teacher recommendations.

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