The Amity Gallery salutes the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival with an exhibition of paintings and photographs by talented local artists whose artistry pays tribute to some of the great jazz musicians of our time.
Ron Gee, born in Los Angeles, studied art history and studio art at Princeton University. Drawing from Eastern and Western sources, he often merges vocabularies that refer to both traditions. He derives inspiration from the past and the present, from his immediate natural surroundings as well as from his study of ancient Chinese philosophy and the practice of qigong. The portraits in this exhibit combine classical technique with expressionist exuberance.
Ian Sharp was a dynamic creative who used his artistic impulses to paint subjects that were close to his heart – spiritual and political icons as well as jazz masters. He is remembered in his community as a force for good.
Milton Mesirow’s photographs of the Paris jazz scene are historical treasures. He is the son of ‘Mezz’ Mezzrow who was part of the jazz scene in Chicago, New York and Paris, France in the 1940’s and 50’s. Spending time there with his father gave Mesirow access to jazz sessions where the great players interacted and made recordings that are still loved today. His photographs are informal, spontaneous, and insightful.
Gwen Schaffer is a jazz aficionado and artist. She is known for putting down JAZZ as her religion when filling out paperwork. She studied art at Montclair State College. Her paintings express her admiration and deep connection to the famous players of the past.
The Reception of this exhibit on August 4 from 5 – 7 PM will be followed by a concert by the Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble featuring Eric Person. Suggested donation: $15.
Bud Powell and Thelonius Monk on the Streets of Paris – Milt Mesirow
Charlie Parker by Gwen Schaffer
Parker’s Mood by Ron Gee
Miles Davis by Ian Sharp
Louis Armstrong by Hal Gaylor