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SCHEDULE of EVENTS

James Barron Opening Reception 4pm-5pm, Exhibit runs through Feb. 11.

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Kingfisher Art Co., 7 East 2nd Ave., Rome

James was born November 1955 in south Mississippi. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1982 and worked in advertising and design until 1998. Following his intuition he found a metal worker who hired him to help in his shop located in a warehouse on the fringe of the city. There he found other artists and cheap rent, and this combination fostered his creative growth. He began painting in 2000. Moving west, he tried to locate in Seattle but ended up in Lopez Island in Puget Sound, and again focused on the creative process. With every move his art matured, and he now lives in Pell City, Alabama in a cabin he built from the ground up out of salvaged materials, where he spends most of his time painting.

Artist Statement: Though trained as a painter, I work in a variety of media as a visual artist, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and collage. I earned an MFA in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from Georgia State University, and a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia, studying at the Art Institute of Atlanta, and California College of Arts and Crafts along the way. I'm currently Associate Professor of Art with tenure at Georgia Highlands College. https://russellcookart.com/galleries/652336/images

Nicholas Edward Williams

Kingfisher Art Co., 7 East 2nd Ave., Rome

Host of the popular roots music history podcast American Songcatcher, Nicholas Edward Williams is a multi-instrumentalist and storyteller who is dedicated to "playing it forward" by preserving the songs and styles that have shaped our country: ragtime, Piedmont blues, traditional folk, old time and early country. Williams has spent the last 15 years touring around the US, the UK, Western Europe and Australia, blending the roots music spectrum in his own style. He's opened for Taj Mahal, The Wood Brothers, Dom Flemons, CAAMP, John Paul White, Town Mountain, John Craigie, Rachel Baiman and Lucy Daucus, and has performed at festival stages on three continents. William's debut record As I Go Ramblin' Around made the International Folk Radio DJ Charts in 2019 with the #6 Top Album, #7 Top Song. His critically acclaimed sophomore release Folk Songs For Old Times' Sake unveiled in November of 2021 and has been heralded by the likes of Grammy-winning musician David Holt who said: "With tasteful guitar arrangements and a voice that draws you right in, Nicholas’ recordings roll along like a mountain stream.”

$15 adv/ $20 dos/ $25 1st two rows

An evening with Maya de Vitry

Kingfisher Art Co., 7 East 2nd Ave., Rome

$15 adv, $20 dos $25 reserved seating (1st 2 rows) Doors 7pm, Show 8pm Maya de Vitry’s devotion to songwriting is her way of staying present, curious, and imaginative. Pennsylvania-raised and Tennessee-based, Maya first traveled and performed as a fiddling street musician, and then in bars, theaters, and on festival stages as a founding member of The Stray Birds. In 2019, she released her critically-acclaimed solo debut Adaptations, produced by Dan Knobler, and has since emerged as a prolific solo artist. NPR calls Maya’s music “the perfect soundtrack for uncorking that emotion and defiantly loving life again”. Her musical heart is rooted in her love of songwriters like John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, emotive vocalists like Nina Simone and Bonnie Raitt, and the traditions of Appalachian string band music. Maya enjoys playing live around town in her home base of Nashville, TN, playing shows around the country with her band, and also traveling as a solo singer-songwriter, supporting artists like Aoife O’Donovan, John Craigie, and Fruition.

Maya’s live band is a fluid ensemble, showcasing various collaborators. They will appear tonight as a quartet, featuring band members Joel Timmons (guitars, vocals), Ethan Jodziewicz (bass, vocals), and Dom Billett (drums, vocals). Joel is known for his many years of music-making in the Charleston, SC-based band Sol Driven Train. In addition to being the co-producer, recording engineer, and mixing engineer on Maya’s latest album Violet Light, Ethan is widely respected for his work with mandolinist Sierra Hull, and most recently as a touring member of Aoife O’Donovan’s Age of Apathy Band. A fellow Pennsylvanian and long-time friend, Dom is an active session musician in Nashville, TN, creating and touring music with songwriters such as Andrew Combs, Erin Rae, and Courtney Marie Andrews.

$15 adv/ $20 dos/ $25 reserved