By Katie Nartonis

HeyThere Projects is presenting a powerful show this month of hand-painted movie posters by artists from Ghana, Africa. Deadly Prey Gallery is a Chicago-based traveling art gallery working with 10 artists in and around Accra, Ghana.

There is a longstanding tradition in the African nation of Ghana of local artists painting movie posters to advertise films. While the world-wide demand for movie posters has dropped with the decline of the movie theatre in recent years, these artists have moved directly into the artworld to feature and find buyers for their work.

Dedicated to the tradition and preservation of hand-painted Ghanian movie posters, with a central focus being supporting the incredible artists currently painting them. The gallery houses and archives a unique collection of thousands of posters spanning their 30 years of business. The Deadly Prey show will be on view in Joshua Tree from April 8 – May 11.

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About HeyThere Projects:
HeyThere Projects is located near the entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Founded in 2019 by intrepid artists and old friends Mark Todd and Aaron Smith, the gallery showcases emerging and established artists in a setting surrounded by vast natural splendor. In the Spring of 2022, the space was expanded to include a retail space which features folk art, books, zines, wearables, ceramics, and desert lifestyle supplies.

HeyThere Projects continues to expand its engagement through new initiatives, including publishing, print editions, merchandise, exhibition partnerships, and events.

Katie Nartonis is a writer, curator, art + design specialist and film maker. Her exhibit “Edwin + Lloyd” based on the founding of the Institute of Mentalphysics’ Retreat Center and the Lloyd Wright architectural treasures there is open 10am-5pm March 3, 4 and 5th. Her most recent documentary film “Jack Rogers Hopkins: California Design Maverick” premiered at the Palm Springs Art Museum Annenberg Theater during Palm Springs Modernism Week, 2023.

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