On nearly 50 acres of land just east of Corvallis in Summit Oregon, you’ll find one of the originals, a real pioneer, who led the artistic movement that is today seen everywhere — anything that is “California Cool” takes design cues from Earl’s early work. Not originally a Californian, Harvard educated, and not willing to settle for the status quo, Earl migrated to Venice Beach, CA in the early 60’s just to experience the Venice, artists life. Earl and his wife Jean agreed that “we might run out of money within a year or so and have to go back east, but at least we’ll have experienced bohemian California living for a while.
Earl started to produce silkscreened posters for local coffee houses, and sold cool little art pieces at Venice Beach. He was a hit. Earl says as a young man his father told him: “I don’t care what you do for a living, as long as you wear a white shirt and a tie.” Later Earl’s Mother came to visit him in California, and the “horror” of the 1960’s Venice lifestyle brought her to tears. No white shirt, no tie.
Good news for Earl’s Mom though, Earl has become a national treasure, despite his beatnik ways. In the course of his California wanderings, he became the poster artist for the Monterey Jazz Festival — for 50 years. His jazz festival posters have been signed and delivered to the Smithsonian.
Earl was introduced to Oregon by a woodworker friend, and bought his beautiful spread in Summit – for… you don’t want to know how much. Earl and Jean (sadly, no longer with us) raised three kids in Oregon, and Earl is still hard at work leading the way in cool silkscreened art. Look for Earl at the Summit Festival in the 3rd week of August or visit