Opening Reception: Saturday, 3/1/14 ~ 6:30pm-11:30pm
Exhibition Duration: 3/1/14 – 3/31/14
In honor of Women’s History Month, Alfa Art Gallery and The New Brunswick Jazz Project have partnered with great enthusiasm to present a new multi-media exhibition “Women in Jazz 2014”. This exhibition will feature works by the photographers George Wirt, Tony Graves, Philip Dowdell, and Anthony Johnson. “Women in Jazz 2014” will also exhibit the talented palette of artists including Michael Fenton, Kelly Coyle, Maria Lupo, Judy Leeds, and Juana Rodriguez. This exhibit will celebrate and commemorate the role of women in the jazz movement.
The photographers capture the enthusiastic moments of the “Women in Jazz”. George Wirt is a veteran photographer who shoots jazz musicians capturing their passion and presence in a photo-journalistic approach. Tony Graves depicts intense and expressive shots and is a freelance photographer at New Jersey Jazz Society Magazine, WBGO Jazz 88.3FM, and Allen & Partners. Philip Dowdell photographs images that challenge the musician, model, and photographer to create and “look and feel” of magic and history in each shot. Anthony Johnson renders his subjects in intimate fashions and relationships with contrast between black and white and some color photographs. The artists in “Women In Jazz” are each highlighted in the exhibition for their unique styles of representation of their subjects. Michael Fenton is an esteemed artist using oil to capture the ladies of jazz in “After Midnight I” and “Nina Simone Sings Mississippi Goddamn”. Kelly Coyle is a painter and teacher using mixed media in “Ramified Rythms” which illuminates her gift. Judy Leeds’ “Memphis Minnie” is rendered in pastel. She works with oils and acrylics as well to show her “up-beat, colorful and personal view of the world around us” and their fleeting impressions. Juana Rodriguez, an emerging artist, has been exhibited in the tri-state area and her art captures a magical and realistic juxtaposition of her subject and the world around that subject, as in “Bayou Fiddle”. Last but not least, Maria Lupo is an internationally known artist and sculptress who attended Rutgers University who discovered her cultural roots s in Cennina, Italy. Maria is an Art Therapist as well. This culmination of highlighted works of art will inspire the jazz in you.
Alfa Art Gallery wishes to pay tribute and commemorate the artists whom submitted to past salons by celebrating our sixth year in the neighborhood of New Brunswick. Alfa will be honoring the works of the 2013 New Brunswick Art Salons winners; Tricia Zimic for “Flight or Fight”, David Rivera for “Absence of Tide”, and Shyamal Raguso for “Into the Light” as well as Honorable Mention winners, Hannah Batren and Martin Blender. Alfa Art Gallery would also like to jubilate the winners of the 2014 Photography Salon winners, Christine Anderson for “Concrete Timewarp”, Gina Delia for “Beacon”, and Casey Shaw for “Windows”, as well as Honorable Mention Winners Parvathi Kumar and Karissa Gannon.
The New Brunswick Jazz Project will also present the critically acclaimed film “The Girls in the Band”, a documentary on the history of women in jazz. The night will conclude with a live performance by Emily Asher’s Endangered Species. We look forward to hosting this exciting evening reception and exhibition.