Stencil Nation Tour

In June 2008, Russell launched “The Year of Stencil Nation” with a successful stencil art exhibit, his third curated show, in San Francisco, and then went on a six-city book tour up the West Coast. He also took his one-hour slide presentation to Melbourne, Australia for the 5th annual Stencil Festival in early August and toured USA’s East Coast in November and December, bringing stencil goodness to 17 cities. A hop over the Atlantic brought a 5 city mini-tour to Eastern Europe over January, and then the “California + 1 Tour” took the show on a 15-stop tour of California and Arizona. The final tour hit Middle America, where Russell presented in Chicago, Toronto, St. Louis and other cities.

For the year, Russell had 60 stops total, giving his slide presentation, having book signings, going on art tours, giving skill shares, exhibiting art, showing window displays, and demonstrating stencil spraying and cutting. These tours were self organized, produced, and promoted. But all the dates happened due to the help and hospitality of many people along the way. The DIY spirit shines throughout the world, and the author gratefully appreciates all the support and good tidings!

June 4Davis, CADa Vinci High School (with workshop)
June 7Chicago, ILQuimby's Books
June 10Detroit, MITrumbull Plex
June 13Toronto, ONT, CAThis Ain't the Rosedale Library
(with Janet Attard, Martin Ries, and Francis Mariani)
June 17Buffalo, NYTalking Leaves/Hallwalls
June 18Cleveland, OHMac's Backs (street fair signing only)
June 19Columbus, OHWexner Center for the Arts
June 21Bloomington, INBoxcar Books
June 24St. Louis, MOMad Art Gallery/Left Bank Books
(with Peat Wollaeger)
June 25St. Louis, MOStar Clipper
May 3LA, CASkylight Books (with Ripper1331 and Submit)
May 5Tempe, AZWet Paint Supply (with John Koleszar)
May 12Oakland, CADiesel Bookstore
May 14San Francisco, CAModern Times
May 16San Francisco, CAModern Times (skillshare only, feat. Scott Williams)
May 16San Francisco, CAATA (Mission Muralismo book event)
May 18Berkeley, CAPegasus Books
May 19Palo Alto, CABooks Inc.
April 10Arcata, CANorthtown Books
April 15San Francisco, CACounterPULSE (with Adam5100 and James S.)
April 17Davis, CAAvid Reader
April 19Sacramento, CAAvid Reader
April 21San Francisco, CAThe Booksmith (with Eclair and James S.)
April 26Oakland, CARock Paper Scissors (with skillshare)
April 29Oceanside, CASWIV Tackle Circus
April 30San Diego, CAGroundwork Books UCSD
Mar. 28San Francisco, CAStencilada Mural Panel Exhibit at CELLspace
Jan. 8Hamburg, DEASA Studio Space
(with first group stencil show ever in Hamburg)
Jan. 13Berlin, DENeurotitan Gallery
(with after party guests Podski and VJ Homecut)
Jan. 16Prague, CZSkolska28 Gallery
(with after party guests Podski and VJ Homecut)
Jan. 18Zilina, SKStanica Community Center
(with after party guests Podski and VJ Homecut)
Jan. 22Vienna, ATzeitvertrieb Gallery Space
(with after party guests Podski, Putigam, and VJ Homecut)
Dec. 2Chester, SCChester Co. Arts Council
Dec. 4Greenville, SCOpen Book
Dec. 5Asheville, NCFirestorm Books
Dec. 6Spartanburg, SCHub City Bookfest (signing only)
Dec. 6Spartanburg, SCHub Bub
Dec. 10Charlotte, NCPatchwerk Playhaus
Dec. 12Atlanta, GAA Cappella Books
Dec. 13Chattanooga, TNRock Point Books
Dec. 14Knoxville, TNWorld Grotto
Dec. 18Mt. Pleasant, SCBarnes & Noble (signing only)
Dec. 20Charleston, SC52.5 Records
Nov. 13Boston, MALucy Parsons Center
Nov. 15Providence, RISymposium Books
Nov. 16NY, NYBluestockings Books
Nov. 17Brooklyn, NYVox Pop
Nov. 20Philadelphia, PAWooden Shoe Books
Nov. 21Baltimore, MDRed Emma's
Nov. 23Nat. Harbor, MDArt Whino Gallery
Oct. 11Spartanburg, SCWofford College Bookstore (signing only)
July 31Melbourne, VIC, AUStencil Fest
(with Peat, Koleszar, A1one, Leckomio, and others)
June 6San Francisco, CABook Release and Stencil Exhibit, Revolution Cafe
June 7San Francisco, CABudget Gallery with Al's Comics
June 15Eugene, ORDIVA
June 16Portland, ORPowell's Downtown
(with window display by Tiago, Klutch; Tiago, Klutch and Soule attend)
June 20Olympia, WALast Word Books (with Soule)
June 21Seattle, WAElliott Bay Books (with window display by Soule)
June 25Vancouver, BC, CASpartacus Books
June 28Victoria, BC, CACamas Collective Books (with skillshare)