Eye of the Song

Eye of the Song

Visual Art by Musicians

Michael S. Currier Center Gallery
The Putney School
April 5 - May 20, 2017

Opening Reception
Saturday, April 29th 4-6pm

Music blows in like a storm, from parts unknown and unexpected directions, rattling the rafters. In the stillness of its center there is a vision—the Eye Of The Song. This multi-media exhibition celebrates visual work created by artists better known for their music. These musician/artists are revered for their work in musical genres ranging from “old-time” rock and jazz to folk-punk and Czech bluegrass. Many had extensive formal training in photography, painting, sculpture, drawing or print-making before finding themselves in prominent musical careers. Some are self-taught. But for all, Eye of the Song is a rare treat and an affecting glimpse into rich, surprising connections between the visual and the sonic.

Curated by Susan Brearey, the coordinator of the Michael S. Currier Center Art Gallery, the show will be on view from April 5-May 20th. Artists include, Sam Amidon, Sam Andrew, Anna & Elizabeth, Pete Bernhard, Justin Vivian Bond, John Cohen, Cynthia Connolly, Tim Eriksen, Polly Frizzell, David Getz, Sean Greene, Peter Himmelman, Bob Johnson, Norman Kennedy, Peter Lewis, Robin MacArthur, Lubos Malina, Bob Neuwirth, Jan Ori, Ida Pearle, James Roberto, Peter Rowan, Donald Saaf, Rowland Salley, Frank Sansone, Austin Tufts, Butch Vig, Steve West, and Putney alumni David Amram ’48, John Byrne Cooke ’58, Willa ’05 & Glenna Van Nostrand and surprise guests.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, April 29th from 4-6 PM with refreshments and live music.

Sam Amidon is an American folk artist. Amidon draws comics and makes videos. His work has shown in the galleries Kuhturm in Leipzig, Audio Visual Arts in New York City, and in a multimedia performance at New York’s Museum of Art and Design.

David Amram is a classical composer and performer, and his integration of jazz, folkloric and world music has led him to work with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Willie Nelson, Langston Hughes, Charles Mingus, Pepper Adams, Levon Helm, Betty Carter and Jack Kerouac.

Sam Andrew was an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, artist and founding member and guitarist of Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City. As a performer both on and Off-Broadway, Bond has received numerous accolades winning an Obie, a Bessie, a Tony nomination, the Ethyl Eichelberger Award, The Peter Reed Foundaton Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Artists.

John Byrne Cooke ’58 is an American author, musician, and photographer. He has written several Western fiction novels, and book reviews for the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

John Cohen is a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers, filmmaker, and photographer. Some of his best known images document the Abstract Expressionist scene centered on New York’s Cedar Bar; young Bob Dylan’s arrival in New York; Beat Generation writers during the filming of Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie’s film Pull My Daisy; and the “old time” musicians of Appalachia.

Cynthia Connolly is an American photographer, artist and curator, actively involved in the DC punk scene in the 1980’s camera in hand. She has worked for Dischord Records and presently is Special Projects Curator for Arlington County, VA. She is the author of Banned in DC: Photos and Anecdotes of the DC Punk Underground ‘79-’85. She is currently on tour.

Tim Eriksen is the frontman for Cordelia’s Dad and the Trio de Pumpkintown. Eriksen has a PHD in Ehtnomusicology from Wesleyan University. He has contributed to a variety of films including Cold Mountain, Behold the Earth, The Magic Lantern Along The Pennine Way.

Polly Frizzell has worked as an artist in the Bay Area for the past 40 years. When Frizzell is not engaged in art making, she’s busy playing fiddle in the Bay Area bluegrass band, “Redwing.”

David Getz is a musician, teacher of drumming and art, and continues to play drums as a member of Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Sean Greene has been a musician and artist for years, receiving his MFA in painting from UMASS Amherst. He has played with several bands including; Van Pelt, Sin Eaters, Cathode Ray and Another Wall. His wife Molly Burnham, children’s book author and school teacher, was also an active member of the DC punk scene in the 1980’s.

Peter Himmelman is a painter and American singer-songwriter and film and television composer, who formerly played in the Minneapolis indie rock band Sussman Lawrence before pursuing an extensive solo career.

Bob Johnson has been teaching and working in ceramics since, as he says, “before the invention of dirt.” Bob is also a master Dobro player and has been an important fixture in the Berkeley, CA music scene and in several bands.

Norman Kennedy is a Scottish weaver, singer, and storyteller.

Peter Lewis is one of the founding members of the band Moby Grape. Three of his better known songs with Moby Grape are “Fall On You” and “Sitting By The Window” from the self-titled first Moby Grape album and “If You Can’t Learn From My Mistakes”, from Moby Grape ’69.

Robin MacArthur is a writer, musician and mother who lives in a self-built house in Southern Vermont. She is one half of the musical duo Red Heart the Ticker, alongside her husband, Tyler Gibbons.

Lubos Malina is, according to many, the best European banjo player today. He is admired for his technical abilities, precise timing, clean sound and professional attitude. He is also an inventive writer, and a wonderful printmaker.

Bob Neuwirth is an American folk music singer, songwriter, record producer and visual artist. Some of Neuwirth’s mid-’60s years were spent working and traveling with Bob Dylan.

Jan Ori is a keyboard player, vocalist and studied printmaking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ori became seriously involved in music joining the band Figure 5 with Butch Vig. She continues working in art, fashion and the music industry today.

Ida Pearle is both artist and musician. She plays violin in many Indy bands including; Low, Ida, Au Tempo and recorded on a Van Pelt record with Eye of the Song artist, Sean Greene.

James Roberto has been making music and paintings for 30 years or more. He was involved in the local CT and CA alternative music scene from 1985-2010. Bands included Bunny Brains, St. Johnny (signed to Geffen Records), Tijuana Bible and Creepdust.

Anna Roberts-Gevalt & Elizabeth LaPrelle, known as Anna and Elizabeth, are both historians, storytellers, visual artists, and gifted, intuitive musicians—in combination, a groundbreaking approach to music.

Peter Rowan is an American bluegrass musician and composer. Rowan plays guitar and mandolin, yodels and sings. Rowan is a Grammy-award winner, six-time Grammy nominee, and 2015 IBMA Award winner for Recorded Event of the Year.

Donald Saaf is an American painter, and author of numerous award winning children’s books. Saaf performs on a variety of instruments, and formed The Bluebird Theater, a marionette and puppet troupe.

Rowland Salley is a musician, singer, songwriter and painter. Salley is a bass guitarist and vocalist for Chris Isaak’s band Silvertone. His best-known tune is “Killing the Blues”, which has been covered by many musicians including John Prine, Chris Smither, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.

Frank Sansone has worked in a variety of materials including metal, wood and stone. He is the long time sculpture assistant for Putney artist, Charles Ginnever. Sansone’s work has been exhibited nationally. He is an active performer (jazz saxophone) at the Vermont Jazz Center in the Brattleboro Cotton Mill.

Willa ’05 & Glenna Van Nostrand began collaborating in 2005 on live performance. Willa opened World’s Fair, a site-specific gallery located at Machines with Magnets in RI. Glenna is developing new work involving light, sound and video manipulation under the project name ‘Talisman.’

Butch Vig is a producer, mixer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. Vig is the drummer and producer for Garbage, and produced Nevermind by Nirvana. Last year Garbage released their acclaimed sixth album “Strange Little Birds”, and they are currently recording new songs.


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