‘’Art : Beat’’, a colorful collaboration by husband and wife team Bruce and Tracy Jones, is inspired in part by ever growing feelings of anxiety amidst the emerging oppression of our society. Bruce and Tracy reflected on past generations who struggled similarly, and gravitated towards Kerouac and his cohorts, attracted by their influences on the progressive moments of the 1960s and 70s.
Bruce’s portrayals of America’s "Beat" writers and some of their "Bebop Jazz" inspirations are a pertinent reminder for all of us to never take our First Amendment rights for granted, and to pay homage to those men and women who raged against their oppressors while fighting to express themselves. These large scale impressionistic portraits are painted in a limited palette with bold strokes, reminiscent of the Pop Art colors of the mid 20th century. The depictions are nuanced, and expose the subjects’ human imperfection and frailty, while striving to capture the struggles that these writers and musicians endured throughout their lives. The square format was definitively chosen as dramatic irony, for the Beat Generation defines “cool,” and these artists were simply not capable of being “square!” Many of these artists were afflicted by substance abuse and addiction, similar to the epidemic which continues to permeate our present society. Undoubtedly, these writers, artists, and musicians are defined by their genius, and not by their illnesses - similarly, we must not let this present scourge define our friends and neighbors, but rather, encourage creatives to find their voices as well.
Tracy’s large scale collage assemblages also evoke Pop Art characteristics, while correlating with Bruce’s portraits, as the repetitive circles contrast symbolically with the squares. Constructed primarily of donated recycled materials, each is like a miniature abstract painting itself, made of pure pigment, selected to either interact with its surroundings, or assembled as protests. These pieces are made to elicit responses and to force the viewers to look a little deeper at the world around them, to smile a little, and if necessary- to Howl.
The Joneses reside in Exeter, NH where they have enjoyed a life filled with family, friends, and art.
89 Hanover Street
Saturday, September 21st, 10am - 4pm
Swasey Parkway, Downtown Exeter
30 Artists | 10 Food Vendors | 20 Musical Acts | Kids Activities | Yoga
10am Laney & Lu Yoga ft live music from Qwill
12pm Bluegrass Jam ft Rockspring, Artty Francoeur, and Todd Hearon w/ Myrtle
2pm Groove Lounge ft Bria Ansara
10am Tom Powley
11am Rich Amorim
12pm Brian Walker
1pm Dean Harlem
2pm Red Mavis
3pm Tito Mambo
Actor, comedian & Exeter native, Matty Cardarople is coming home and will hold a meet & greet at Krypton Comics from 10am - 6pm on Saturday, September 14th, to help benefit local non-profit Arts Industry Alliance & TEAM and their 5th Annual Team Equinox Fest.
Matty was born, raised and inspired to entertain in Exeter. He plays “Keith” in Stranger Things, “Hench Person of Indeterminate Gender” in A Series of Unfortunate Events, and was featured in JURASSIC WORLD, DUMB & DUMBER TO, SELFIE, SCRUBS, COMEDY BANG BANG, and more. He also voiced “Apple” in the Cartoon Network's Apple & Onion and “Preston” in the new DreamWorks Jr. & Netflix animated series ARCHIBALD'S NEXT BIG THING.
Come get an autograph for $40, a selfie for $20, or both for a combo deal of $50. Say hi and feel good knowing that a portion of the proceeds will support TEAM programming in Exeter.
Krypton Comics & Pop Culture / 177 Water Street, Exeter, NH
TEAM will be hosting an indoor/outdoor Arts Jam on August 24th. located on the RiverSide of Water Street, aka "Artist Alley", along the Squamscott in Downtown Exeter.
Foundation Art Space, which serves as the headquarters for Arts Industry Alliance and TEAM, will be showcasing the final day of the #Morph exhibit from Dana Nastee of AS3M Art & Apparel.
There will also be live music featured on the small stage inside of the gallery throughout the afternoon and evening featuring KIOEA, Bitter Pill, Jake Mehrmann and Alberta & The Dead Eyes.
5:30pm Jake Mehrmann
6:30pm Bitter Pill
8:00pm Alberta & The Dead Eyes
Check out the CUSTOM TEAM KIT from Jeff Beck of Exeter Drum Works!
Outdoor DJ Sets from #GrooveLounge and #ForumFunktion
Grillables available courtesy of #GrillMaster #RoostyLaRue.
Beer & Wine with Suggested Donation
There will also be guest artists and a pop-up art show located at the vacant 121R Water Street Space, directly across the hall from the Magenta Suite gallery.
$10 cover for the entire afternoon and evening of LIVE MUSIC
ORDER TICKETS BY CLICKING HERE
Foundation Art Space
111R Water Street, Exeter, NH
Photographer : Chris Dempsey / Model : Ellie Willis / Clothing : Cynthia's Attic / Lighting Assistant : Lana Ruffner / Producer : Scott Ruffner
For More Info and Schedule of Events visit :
6-8pm : Family Friendly Costume Party in the Main Hall
Dress as an author, in the style of any historical period, as a literary or film character, or just come as yourself. Costume NOT required. Live & DJ music, dance performances, kids activities, costume contest, photo booth. Featuring music from Groove Lounge, Romany dance demonstration from Miri Keliphen, and aerial silk performance from Hannah Beck.
7-9pm : Joe Hill & Bitter Pill in the 2nd Floor Gallery
Joe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman and Heart-Shaped Box. His novel, Horns, was made into a feature film starring Daniel Radcliffe, and his book NOS4A2 is forthcoming as a TV series from AMC. His book of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts, won the Bram Stoker Award and British Fantasy Award for Best Collection. His most recent work, Strange Weather, is a collection of four short novels. Joe will do a short reading, Q&A, and book signings.
Bitter Pill plays a dark and anachronistic combination of bluegrass, country, vaudeville and psychobilly. They just released their critically-acclaimed first album, “Prepare Your Throats,” a collection of traditional and original songs from the soundtrack of their staging of William Shakespeare’s grotesquely ridiculous abomination of a play, “Titus Andronicus”, which NHPR called “Exhilarated. Stimulated.” There will also be literary readings and open mic poetry.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children/seniors in advance, and $13/$8 at the door.
Proceeds from the event will help raise funds for the Exeter LitFest and the 2019 Exeter Arts & Music Fest.
Purchase tickets by clicking HERE
9-11 pm AFTER PARTY & Literary Trivia Contest at Sea Dog Brewery
Immediately following the Cosplay Celebration, featuring "Literary Trivia Contest" and Live Music from critically-acclaimed Exeter Singer/Songwriter David Drouin, a Boston and New England Music Award winner. This is a free event, but please sign up early to reserve your trivia spot.
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