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Posted by Chamber Day 2016 on April 19, 2016 at 14:08:13:

It is safe to say that when this event first started back in 1989, no one thought we'd still be doing it 28 years later. But we are and it's giving us an opportunity to offer you a chance to own a unique part of Chamber Day history.

Due to a generous donation (and the laundry skills) of Josh & Staci Kaye-Carr, we have original t-shirts from the first five Chamber Days (1989-1993). We've had them mounted and professionally framed, and will be including this unique piece of Chamber Day artwork (it measure 49"x28") as a Blind Bid item during Chamber Evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific on May 4.

The first thing you'll notice is that there's little difference in the 1989, 1990, and 1991 artwork except for the color. The goal of the logo was to incorporate elements of the event so you've got a box with the Avalon Casino, a box with the Chamber (weirdly sitting out in the open with the island behind it), and a diver (sharp eyes will note that in 1989, the diver was hood-less but that it was added in 1990). We don't know who designed the original 1989 logo, but it was repeated in the following two years. 1992 marked a big change though.

In that year, we asked artist Mark Robman (also a diver) to come up with something more artsy and that would still embody all the aspects of the event: the boats, Catalina, diving, and whatever else he could throw in. You will likely notice that Arch Rock at Anacapa is also represented. And that's because we were actually running TWO Chamber Days that year, one of which was for the Northern Channel Island boats and they used the same t-shirt design. You'll also note that we dropped the word "Catalina" from the event title and simply called it "Chamber Day". We also stopped numbering them and added the year instead.

For 1993, we got David Ewen, who was the Creative Director at a major ad agency (and a dive instructor), to do our next design, which was sometimes referred to as our Hippy-Dippy logo with its retro-mid-60s look. Again we wanted the logo to feature event elements and we've got Catalina's Casino, a diver, an octopus, and even a seagull.

There have been many artists over the years who have designed our logos - Barbara Lyter, Karen Hess, Craig Erlick, Dale Sheckler, Ken Niles, and now Julie Koh to name a few - but these five original designs really set the template for what guides us now.

This is a one-off and a one-time offer. If you're interested in having this piece of Chamber Day history hanging on your wall, come to Chamber Evening, fill out a Blind Bid form, and make your best offer. The highest bidder takes it home. (FYI, the framing alone cost us close to $300.) Good luck and good bidding!!!

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