The River Theater is seeking an artist to create promotional illustrations for the theater's 2003-04 season of plays.

The "Poster Grant" was created and sponsored last year by local business Columbia River Coffee Roaster. The owner of the Coffee Co., Tim Hurd, is also one of the founders of the theater, which now heads into its sixth year of theater, music, poetry, live radio and more.

"People will look for the posters, rather than happen upon them," says Nancy Montgomery, co-founder of the River Theater, and Hurd's wife. "Because we don't always do plays with well-known titles or playwrights, we have to find ways to generate that 'buzz' that helps people decide to come out for something that is brand new to them."

Artist Sally Lackaff created the first series of posters, including "Miracle on 34th Street," "Macbeth," "Simple Salmon," "Jack & Jill" and "The Rocky Horror Show." "It was an honor and a gratifying responsibility to be chosen to kick off the River Theater's Poster Grant," says Lackaff. "Producing a cohesive body of work is always satisfying, a proud product to boost one's career and to display."

A series of four or five posters will be created for this season (the lineup is yet to be determined), which begins in December and concludes in August 2004. The fee paid to the artist will be $300 per original produced.

Requirements for the artist are as follows: proof of residency in Clatsop County, Oregon or Pacific County, Wash.; a portfolio with a bio, a referenced CD or slides; and past experience with illustrations. Ability to render artistic lettering is a plus, but not essential. The selected artist will be required to work from the script and collaborate flexibly with the director of each play and the theater manager, in order to fulfill necessary elements of design and production. The River Theater will retain ownership of the copyright of each piece for promotional use, and of the original art until it is raffled to a new owner.

Submission deadline is Oct.1 and a panel of judges will select the artist by Oct. 5. Submissions can be dropped off at or mailed to the River Theater, 230 W. Marine Dr., Astoria, OR 97103. For more information call Ned Heavenrich at (503) 458-5182.


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