Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Seeing Jazz: a tribute to the masters Exhibition Reception

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Seeing Jazz: a tribute to the masters Exhibition Reception (http://www.manchesterguild.org/va/calendar.htm#SeeingJazz)
Thursday, February 5, 2009 from 6–9 p.m.Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on the North Shore: 1815 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 FREE and open to the public.412-322-1773 Ext. 378
www.manchesterguild.org

Join us for a special artists’ reception celebrating the interconnection between musical and visual arts. Arts activities in MCG studios, a Pittsburgh Jazz book signing by author John Brewer, and a performance by the MCG Jazz Class of 2008 Pittsburgh Jazz Legends will make this an exceptional evening. Musician honorees include Charles “Chuck” Austin, Harold Betters, Cecil Brooks II, Dr. Nelson E. Harrison, Roger Humphries, Dr. James T. Johnson Jr., Gene Ludwig, Joe Negri, and Dr. John Wilson. Free and open to the public.

Seeing Jazz: a tribute to the masters and Pittsburgh jazz legends(http://www.manchesterguild.org/va/calendar.htm#SeeingJazz)
Through April 3, 2009 (M–F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild on the North Shore: 1815 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233 FREE and open to the public.412-322-1773 Ext. 378www.manchesterguild.org

SEE JAZZ RESONATE FROM THIS UNIQUE EXHIBITION AT MANCHESTER CRAFTSMEN’S GUILD

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) is excited to announce an exhibition that embodies the spirit on which our organization was founded. Seeing Jazz: a tribute to the masters and Pittsburgh jazz legends is a multi-disciplinary showcase of works by more than fifty visual artists who have been inspired by the swing, vibe, harmony, and improvisation of jazz music. Created and produced by Pittsburgh native, artist and curator, Gwendolyn Black, in collaboration with MCG, the exhibition features pieces by well-known masters along with noted contemporary artists and emerging talent.
On display through April 3, Seeing Jazz: a tribute to the masters will leave you seeing sounds and hearing colors! Distinguished artists include Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Allen Stringfellow, Benny Andrews, E.J. Montgomery, Lauren Camp and Verna Hart along with many others. As a tribute to our city’s jazz roots, the exhibition will also feature a slide show of photographs from the New Pittsburgh Courier and Carnegie Museum of Art archives along with works by Pittsburgh artists Tina Brewer, John Ritter, Ian Short, Doug Webster as well as area natives Ann Tanksely, Charlott Ka, and Sharif Bey.

Join us Thursday, February 5 from 6–9 p.m. for a special artists’ reception celebrating the interconnection between musical and visual arts. Arts activities in MCG studios, a Pittsburgh Jazz book signing by author John Brewer, and a performance by the MCG Class of 2008 Pittsburgh Jazz Legends—including Charles “Chuck” Austin, Harold Betters, Cecil Brooks II, Dr. Nelson E. Harrison, Roger Humphries, Dr. James T. Johnson Jr., Gene Ludwig, Joe Negri, and Dr. John Wilson—will make this an exceptional evening.

“This stylistically diverse exhibition and the performance by the Class of 2008 Pittsburgh Jazz Legends bring together two fundamental components that make up Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild,” says Heather Powell, co-curator and MCG’s Exhibitions Coordinator. “A celebration of our history and culture, this event will inspire, enliven your soul, and reveal the connection between two art forms.”

Gwendolyn Black has been producing Visual Expressions on Jazz for the past eight years as a special event in the New York JVC Jazz Festival. “It has been a passion of mine to ensure that jazz audiences see and appreciate how significantly visual arts relate to the music, and bring to the forefront the many visual artists who have been creating and documenting jazz in their work” states Black. On exhibit are works by Ademola Olugebefola, Alexandria Smith, Allen Stringfellow, Ann Tanksley, Barry Mason, Benny Andrews, Betty Blayton Taylor, Bisa Butler, Charlotte Ka, Christina Stahr, Chuck Stewart, Danny Simmons, Dave Brubeck, Dick Griffin, Dindga McCannon, Douglas J. Webster, Edmund Yaghjian, Emmett Wigglesworth, Eric Pryor, Ernani Silva, Evangeline J. Montgomery, Faith Ringgold, Frank Frazier, Fred Brown, George Pali, George Smith, Habib Tawoli, Ian Short, Jamillah Jennings, Jill Austen, John Ritter, Ken Croken, Kwame Braithwaite, Larry Joseph, Lauren Camp, Leon Kalas, Manny Vega, Maurice D. Robertson, MLJ Johnson, Nora Mae Carmichael, Omowale Morgan, O'Neal Abel, Osmond Tyner, Otto Neals, Paul Hunter, Phil Fung, Raul Gaynor, Rene Heinz, Richard Mayhew, Richard Waters, Robert Daniels, Romare Bearden, Sadikisha Collier, Senghor Reid, Sharif Bey, Shirley Woodson, Sid Brown, Sona Yeghiazaryan, Steve Mayo, Tafa, Theo Moore, Tina Brewer, and Verna Hart.



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