Jazz Show at the Plastic Club is exhibition chair Alan Klawans idea, he posited the concept as one of his final theme shows to the exhibitions committee and it took off soaring like a trumpet riff in a Miles Davis song. The open juried show includes work by Plastic Club artists and guests with new work for Jazz Show including paintings, pastels, drawings, photos, collage and sculpture. The theme hit a high note with the artists since it wasn’t so easy to take an older piece of artwork from other shows and make them fit the concept, Jazz Show provoked artists to make new work instead of recycling work and talking their way into the exhibition. The art show, in one of America’s oldest art galleries, isn’t as full as usual – the club doesn’t turn away entries except if they’re not framed and wired properly – but the result is superb, the art playing seamlessly together like Count Bassy‘s orchestra. It’s tight, smooth and hip like a Bitches Brew.
Victoria V. Nevins, Crucialchronic Funk, photograph, Sanny Williams, Charles Mingus, mixed media, and DoN Brewer, Kandy Whales II (Clark Roth), photograph in the main gallery of the Plastic Club. The art is displayed throughout the main floor and the Judy Shenkman Studio upstairs where jazz musicians entertained with dance-able numbers which had couples be-bopping, jiving and toe-tapping after the jam packed awards reception ended. Tone deaf President Bob Jackson encouraged the art crowd to sing Hello Dolly and the sweaty room of revelers sang unabashedly the top hit jazz standard at the top of their lungs.
Alden Cole, Omar Kabir Wound Up, oil, Alden Cole, Omar Kabir Wound Down, oil and Tracy Landman, Underground Fauve, oil in the Judy Shenkman Studio upstairs at the Plastic Club .
Regina Marthmaier, Blue Trane, non-silver print, Regina Barthmaier, Mingus with Bass, non-silver print, Alan J. Klawans, Jazz Variations #1, original digital print, Holly Williams, Round Midnight, mixed media and Janice R. Moore, Jazz Singer, digital print at Jazz Show, the Plastic Club .
With eighty artworks, Jazz Show, is a theme art show with a broad range of media all approaching the theme of the great American art form with creativity, individuality and inspiration in the historic gallery on Camac Street, the Avenue of the Artists.
The Plastic Club , Jazz Show through April 27, 2012, 247 South Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (215) 545-9324 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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