Artists reveal ‘The Colour of Jazz’

Music-inspired artwork is on the menu Saturday for the opening of “The Colour of Jazz” at the Salon Artists Gallery in Park Forest.

Professional artist and “unofficial curator” of the Salon Pat Moore said the event is part of the “Let Them Eat Jazz” festival hosted by the Southland Arts Municipalities and Business Alliance (S.A.M.B.A.).

The free reception with refreshments, live music, original artwork and interactive art activity will be open from noon to 9 p.m.

“When people come they will be viewing abstract pieces specifically done for the S.A.M.B.A. event by Salon and other artists who used jazz to inspire their artistic talents,” Moore said.

She said the artists have been “experimenting” and “mixing medias” that they may not have used before, making for some exciting artwork.

“There will be pieces by artists expressing themselves in a different manner than they are accustomed (to),” she said.

Moore said the artists, including photographers, have taken the jazz-inspired artwork seriously, many of them working on their pieces “for months.”

“All the pieces are going to be new,” she said.

Moore said guests will also be encouraged to explore their own artistic skills — with or without music — on a large canvas stapled to the wall. Brushes, acrylic paints and other materials will be supplied so “people can throw it; they can drip it” to create whatever they choose, she said.

For those who want musical inspiration for the creative process, live jazz will be performed in the afternoon and again in the evening.

The Muzicnet Jazz Ensemble from Aaron and Alan Franklin’s Muzicnet School of Music in Park Forest will perform from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Moore said, and from 7 to 9 p.m., local musician Vante will play a jazz and R&B mix on electronic keyboard and sax.

Original readings done by local storytellers and poets bring the spoken word into the mix of artistic experiences.

Moore said the exhibit will…

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