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Humble Ben Van Meter

Greetings. You have stumbled onto the website of Humble Ben Van Meter who had his 15 minutes of fame in San Francisco during the legendary sixties as a creator of undeground, experimental art films and lightshows which he and other artists put on at the early Fillmore Auditorium, the Avalon Ballroom and later in other venues. The films I made during the time were projected as part of the light show as well as a library of about 3000 slides. Many of these were my original photographs and collages. My films and slides are slated to be featured in San Francisco at the de Young Museum's 2017 Summer of Love 50th Anniversary exhibit from April 15th to August 20th.

Currently I am offering for purchase five posters, two calendars for 2017 and a dvd six of my films.

The first is this 16" x 20" poster done in the style of a Tibetan Thanka

commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. It uses about 75 images from the Ibis slide Library.

$30.00 including shipping and signature.


 

2017 Calendar #1 The Summer of Love - includes of images from the Human Be-In, Pilgrims on Haight Street and in the Park.

14 pages 8.5" x 11"

 

Front Cover

January February March

April May June

July August September

October November December

Back Cover

$30.00 including shipping, signed and numbered.


 

 

2017 Calendar #2 The North American Ibis Alchemical Co. - includes images created for and used in the Avalon Ballroom light show.

12 pages 8,5" x 11"

Front Cover

January February March

April May June

July August September

October November December

Back Cover

$30.00 including shipping, signed and numbered.


 

 

Poster #2 Electric Albert 18" x 24"

$30.00 including shipping, signed and numbered.


 

 

Poster #3 Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir at the Trips Festival 16" x 20"

$30.00 including shipping, signed and numbered.


 

 

Poster #4 Phil Lesh at the Trips Festival 16" x 20"

$30.00 including shipping, signed and numbered.


 

 

Poster #5 Graffiti in Golden Gate Park 1967 16" x 20"

$30.00 including shipping, signed and numbered.


 

 

I have a DVD of six of my most psychedellic films, Rebirth Of A Nation, for sale for $30. per copy with autograph shipping included.

Remastered dvd includes a spoken introduction to each film by H. Ben himself as well liner notes.

I made the master for this disk on my old Mac and had copies made. The resulting copies work perfectly on set top players and windows machines but have some problems playing on some Macs, go figure. There are workarounds for some models of Mac but not for others. Just a caution in case that is the only way you have of viewing it.

 

 


 

Scholar and collector John Lyons and I are putting together a book which will feature my anecdotal writings about "back in the day", about 100 color photos from the Ibis Library,

and interviews with Ibis artists by John. We are planning to crowdfund this project this winter. If you would like to be informed when the crowfunding begins drop me an e-mail to that effect.

Payment for posters, calendars and dvds may be made through Paypal to blackfeather7@gmail.com

Include a note letting me know what you are paying for.

For answers to questions about the films, posters or the Purpose of Life contact Humble Ben at:

 

blackfeather7@gmail.com

 

Namaste