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A conversation with Bucks County’s Bonnie MacLean, Fillmore poster artist past and present

Bonnie MacLean | Photo by Randy Alexander | courtesy of the artist
Bonnie MacLean | Photo by Randy Alexander | courtesy of the artist

In the late 60s, Bonnie  MacLean happened to find herself at the right place in the right time. The Philly-educated artist had done stints working in New York and D.C. but wasn’t happy either place, so she gave it a go moving west. Living in San Francisco and working at her then-husband’s music venue, The Fillmore Auditorium, MacLean began illustrating the coming attractions marquee inside the venue – when a job opened up designing posters to advertise the club all around the Bay Area. She jumped at it, and worked as the in-house illustrator for The Fillmore from 1967 to 1971, helping shape the look of American psychedelic visual art. Continue reading →