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Lee Staven: INFINITE PERSPECTIVES: A Lifetime of Art, Music, & Poetry

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

INFINITE PERSPECTIVES: A Lifetime of Art, Music, & Poetry featuring the works of Lee Staven, aka Leland Staven. Opening Reception Aug. 6, 6pm-8pm. Exhibit runs through Sept. 10. At age 88, Lee Staven has lived a few lives. He’s been a painter, a printmaker, a poet, and a jazz musician playing trumpet and piano, all at a high level. As an educator, he built up the art program at Berry College, then did the same at Agnes Scott, innovating printmaking techniques that allowed students to combine photography, painting and printing without using the harsh solvents and chemicals regularly a part of the printmaking process. Similarly, his painting breaks boundaries, including shaped canvases, thick textures, and sculptural elements in a style that veers from abstract to realistic, and back again.

*LIVE MUSIC* with Smith & Calvert

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

Join us for a special evening of music with Leah Calvert and Michael Smith (the Dappled Grays) $10 adv, $15 at the door, table reservations available, all ages welcome. Doors open at 7pm, showtime 8pm. "Two instruments, two voices, beautiful songs and captivating harmonies. As the lead writers and voices of the popular bluegrass band, the Dappled Grays, Leah and Michael share a long musical history. They used the downtime of the pandemic to write an entire new catalog of music and launched their new project, Smith & Calvert. Their 12 episode Video Podcast "About a Song" is out now. Michael has played with Sugarland, John McEuen (of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), the legendary bluegrass fiddler Bobby Hicks, and for 10 years, shared the stage with Lauren Morrow as a member of the Whiskey Gentry. Leah is a first call Atlanta fiddler/violinist and singer. Apart from releasing her own music, she currently plays and records with John Driscoll Hopkins (of the Zac Brown Band) and has recorded extensively with Kristian Bush (of Sugarland)." The gallery bar will be open, serving beer, wine, soft drinks, and waters. There is plenty of parking at the Truist Bank, just a block away, located at 100 E 2nd Ave, Rome, GA. Or behind the Harvest Moon. Kingfisher is located off Broad Street, on E 2nd Ave, in the yellow West Lofts building in downtown Rome, GA. For more info 404-310-8910

$10-$70

Abigail Stevenson & Faith Im: an artistic collaboration of abstract art, poetry, and live contemporary dance.

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

OPENING RECEPTION Sept. 14, 6pm-8pm. Performance Sept. 17, 8pm. Abigail Stevenson (visual artist) and Faith Im (solo dance artist) present an artistic collaboration, "In the Image of God." Audience and, or patrons will experience abstract art, poetry, and live contemporary dance. The presentation will last 40 minutes and guests are free to move about the gallery or sit as they take it all in. With this collaboration, the artists illuminate areas of faith questions that are not often talked about… "What is culturally and historically presented to us as "truth" and what is personal, dynamic, and practical relationship with God? Where is the line between truth and tradition? How, as women of faith, must we reconsider the narratives of the present masculine-hegemonic, atmosphere and inherited history? How can ritual and tradition comfort and inform the experience of those for whom it was not built for? While we cannot offer answers, we do offer exploration, empathy, and hope."

ART & MARGO ROSENBAUM Opening Reception OCT. 8, Exhibit runs to Oct. 29

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

OPENING RECEPTION Oct.8, 6pm, in conjunction with downtown Rome's FIDDLE FEST! Art and Margo Rosenbaum have spent their careers and marriage traveling across different media and modes through various states of space and time. Trained and active in painting, they have also for over 50 years documented the heritage of American roots music and folk culture through recordings, drawings and paintings, essays, and photographs. These varied media have been compiled in books and box sets, including Art of Field Recording Vol I and II: Traditional Music Documented by Art Rosenbaum. Volume 1 of the set won a Grammy Award for Best Historical Album in 2008. These varied practices intersect and complement each other as both artists capture the identity of a nation as expressed through its musical and folk traditions and express their own personal preoccupations in their paintings. The Rosenbaums’ practice is rooted in mid-century modernist figurative painting that, like American folk music, balances personal expression with universal experience. Margo Newmark Rosenbaum (b. 1939) was initially introduced to the Bay Area Figurative movement as a student at the San Francisco Art Institute where she studied with Richard Diebenkorn and Elmer Bischoff. In reaction to the dominance of Abstract Expressionism, these San Francisco Bay artists reintroduced recognizable subject matter into abstract painting through which they evoked a strong sense of place. Art Rosenbaum (b. 1938) also emerged from the post-Abstract Expressionist milieux, finding influences in the abstract, socially minded narratives of Philip Guston and John Heliker. Art majored in Art History and later earned an MFA in Painting at Columbia University in his native New York where he also dabbled in the city’s nascent folk music scene. While in college, he also began to capture field recordings of unknown and unsung blues and folk musicians. With these early roots in painting, performance, and cataloging, the paths of Art and Margo converged in New York, where they met and married in 1966 after Art returned from studying in Paris. In 1968, Art secured a teaching position at the University of Iowa where Margo acquired an interest in photography while earning an MA in Painting. The couple eventually settled in Athens, Georgia in 1976 where Art assumed a teaching position for the next thirty years at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia, serving as the first Wheatley Professor in Fine Arts before his retirement in 2006.