Arts: East Colony Fine Art has gone jazz
New exhibit focuses on ‘The Color of Jazz’
“The Color Of Jazz” required all of the member artists at the member-run
gallery to work hard over the last several months to create a painting
with a jazz related theme. Each of the 22 artists has submitted an
artwork interpreting jazz. The exhibit runs through Nov. 27.
When asked what it means for jazz to have color, gallery director Dale
Begley said “That was up to each artist to interpret.”
East Colony members attempt to fit their creative process into a
different theme throughout the year. “We do two or three themes a year
to challenge ourselves to come up with new approaches to painting,”
Begley said. “So we’re not stuck in a rut doing the same type of things.
We kick around different ideas between members, and we vote on something
we all think we’d like to work on.”
work is hard but rewarding to the artists. “Typically, the artists find
the theme pieces quite challenging sometimes,” Begley explained, “and
then they’re always happy at the end when they push themselves in a new
Featured artists Jane Romps and Mary Walker, whose artwork is displayed
regularly, have also contributed to this new exhibit. “They’re featured
artists, and so we’re featuring all their work, but they are also part
of the exhibit. So they are also working on jazz pieces.”
Begley expects to draw attention from musicians as well as the arts
crowd. She said art lovers and music lovers should have no
preconceptions of what they are going to view at the Color Of Jazz
exhibit. The artists had the creative freedom to interpret the theme any
way they chose. Begley assures it will not be limited to just pictures
of musicians with their instruments.
“It’s a very diverse group of subjects,” she said. “It could be an
interpretation of just an instrument. On my piece for example, I’ve
painted three cute cavalier King Charles Spaniels on a piano. One is
looking at a sheet of music. This piece is called ‘The Entertainers’ and
the sheet of music on the piano is ‘The Entertainer.’ It has a little
bit of a comical element to it.”
“You get a little glimpse of this and that,” artist Jane Romp said.
“It’s amazing how some people go toward the abstract and hook on to the
instruments, and some people did people with the instruments, so you
have the figure in their.”
Romp painted a piece she calls “Take The A Train,” named for a Duke
Ellington song. “I’m from New York, so that hits me. So mine might be a
little different from the others. With the train I worked in the musical
notes. It’s my interpretation of what comes to mind when I think of
jazz. I think of the ’30s and Harlem.”
East Colony operates as a private sector for profit business. Works are
sold to the public. Each artist does his or her own thing voluntarily.
Open Wednesday through Sunday, East Colony Fine Art is located at Langer
Place, 55 Commercial Street, Manchester. For more information, call East
Colony at 621-7400.