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Two Talented Artists at Gallery 50 Rehoboth Beach

August 16, 2018

Gary Fisher (Photo by: Gary Fisher) Gary Fisher

Two talented artists will be exhibiting their work in Rehoboth Beach. Their art will line the walls of Gallery 50, at 50 Wilmington Avenue. The Gallery first opened its doors in 2007 and regularly offers a variety of artworks from renowned, established and emerging artists in a variety of mediums. In addition to being a gallery they have a master framer who can frame anything from your important works of art to your children's masterpieces.  

 

The first show opens Friday evening, August 17th and features the work of  Gary has had a long-time career as an environmental enforcement attorney with the US Justice Department. He began painting almost 30 years ago. During that time he has developed a wide following and says about his art, “It is an expression of the beauty I see around me and my optimistic outlook on life.” He added “My paintings reflect my highly individual vision of the scenery or subject matter that surrounds me. Color dominates my vibrant surfaces as the play of light is expressed in applications of intense, and sometimes surprising hues. Paint strokes are infused with an exuberant energy. The results are dream-like canvases that evoke a sense of playfulness and spontaneity.” 

(Photo by: Jason Wright)

It isn’t always easy to get one of his pieces as much of his work is now on a commission basis. Over the years Gary has been featured in special exhibits at the Children’s National Medical Center, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, U.S. Government buildings, and U.S. embassies around the world as part of the State Department’s ‘Art in Embassies Program’. 

 

The second show begins Friday, August 31st and features the work of Jason Wright. Jason makes his home in Hawaii. He studied painting and graphic design at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. While there he began his career illustrating and designing graphics for the surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding industry.  That makes sense as aside from being a talented and accomplished artist Jason is a medaled athlete and skydiving instructor. I think he just likes the freedom of being in the water and up in the sky and the challenges the sports he participates in represent.

Jason Wright (Photo by: Jason Wright) Jason Wright

 

About his work Jason said “This show continues my study on the beauty of isolation. I wanted to evoke the mystery and magic one feels during first light on a cold winter day. That special moment when the golden hues of the sun collide with the cool tones of the water which often reminds me of childhood. It’s a feeling I've always wanted to capture. These paintings are inspired by my time spent on the eastern shore over the years chasing winter swells and my love of the small towns and rural areas that surround the beach towns.”  Jason’s paintings are created with a palette knife and are a mixture of oil and acrylic paint. His studio is located on The Big Island of Hawaii and he said, “My love for nature has never faded. I still catch the surf on my way to the studio every day.”

For more information feel free to contact Gallery 50.  


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'The Pianist of Willesden Lane'

July 31, 2018

Last year, a lucky few had the good fortune to be at the Washington premiere of The Pianist of Willesden Lane with Mona Golabek in a one night performance at the French Embassy. She had just completed acclaimed performances in London, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. 

 

Mona Golabek is an American concert pianist, author, and radio host, and in this show shares her mother’s story, based on her best-selling book, The Children of Willesden Lane.  Mona is the daughter of Lisa Jura, a concert pianist, and French resistance fighter Michel Golabek. Set in Vienna in 1938, and in London during the Blitz, The Children of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who dreams about her concert debut at Vienna’s storied Musikverein concert hall. But with the issuing of new ordinances under the Nazi regime, everything for Lisa changes, except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream, as she is torn from her family and sent on the Kindertransport to London. Although Mona's mother was rescued, her maternal grandparents died at Auschwitz. Her Father, Michel Golabek, received the Croix de Guerre for his heroism in the French Resistance during WW II.

Mona Golabek (Photo by: holdontoyourmusic.org) Mona Golabek

 

This story touched me personally because my mother, also from Vienna, escaped the Nazis at the age of fourteen and with my grandmother made their way through London to the United States. They were lucky and were reunited in New York a number of years later with my grandfather. However like Mona’s grandparents, my father’s parents died in Auschwitz. 

 

I am excited now others will get the chance to see and hear the amazing Mona Golabek at the Kennedy Center when Theater J Presents, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, Based on the book,  The Children of Willesden Lane, By Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder. 

 

The Pianist of Willesden Lane combines enthralling storytelling with breathtaking live performances of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and more. This tour-de-force performance is a celebration of hope, resilience, and the power of music to help us survive even the darkest times. The Los Angeles Times wrote, "... this elegant, heartfelt solo show... is an arresting, deeply affecting triumph." 

The show runs from September 12 – 30, 2018. Tickets are available at the Kennedy Center and for group sales contact Brian Andrade at brian@theaterJ.org. 


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'Camelot': A Dazzling Musical From Yesterday With Hope For Tomorrow

June 13, 2018

I was 13 years old when I first saw Camelot on Broadway with Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet. This musical with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe is a throwback to a different time yet ends with a beacon of hope for tomorrow.

Michael Kahn, artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC), recently said “In many ways, Camelot and Arthur’s Round Table were Lerner and Loewe’s version of the American dream, of a world where everyone participates in the creation of a more perfect union.” It made its debut on Broadway in 1960 when we were electing John F. Kennedy who at his inauguration would say, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” 

Alexandra Silber (Guenevere) (Photo by: Courtesy Shakespeare Theatre Company) Alexandra Silber (Guenevere)

After his death, Jacqueline Kennedy would suggest his time as president was Camelot. It was reported she called Theodore White to Hyannis to make sure when he wrote about Jack he would write how he loved a song from a Broadway musical, “The lines he loved to hear,” Jackie revealed, were, “Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment that was known as Camelot.” That is how she wanted him to be remembered and it stuck. 

Award-winning director Alan Paul has shortened the original running time of the musical and in many ways improved it. Camelot is the story of a love triangle between King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and the knight Lancelot. Paul says about the musical “It’s about the birth of enlightened government, love, honor and the ideals of chivalry. I’m excited to introduce this musical to a new generation nearly sixty years after it was written.” King Arthur sees his knights of the roundtable as a move civilized future and eventually his son, Mordred, the one he fathered out of wedlock, returns and brings an end to the civilized world Arthur created. The final scene when a child comes to Arthur and says she will fight with him to save his roundtable and he suggests she hide, stay safe then go home and grow up to be the future makes one easily think of Mordred as Trump and the child as the resistance. 

Two of the most beautiful songs from the production are "If Ever I Would Leave You" sung hauntingly by Nick Fitzer (Lancelot du Lac) and "I Loved You Once in Silence" sung by the beautiful and incredibly talented Alexandra Silber (Guenevere).  Ken Clark (King Arthur) is brilliant and his voice seems to get stronger as the production moves on. Patrick Vaill (Mordred) who has been at the STC often is wonderful and the other STC regulars we all know  and love Ted van Griethuysen (Merlyn) and Floyd King (King Pellinore) are their usual wonderful selves adding immensely to this production. The entire cast with their great dancing and beautiful voices make this an evening to remember in the theater. 

Ken Clark (King Arthur) (Photo by: Courtesy Shakespeare Theatre) Ken Clark (King Arthur)

Paul has a great team working with him including Helen Hayes Award-winning Choreographer Michele Lynch. The innovative set has been created by Scenic Designer Walt Spangler, and the incredible costumes, and they are all dazzling, are by the very talented designer Ana Kuzmanic.  Lighting Design is by Robert Wierzel and sound design by Ken Travis. The ten member orchestra adds a beautiful richness to the show. 

For those of us who are older, this musical brings back memories of a better time; of fairness and decency. For the young it shows we can do better than we are today. In some ways it’s chilling to watch and listen to at a time when day after day we see the destruction of our democracy by the Trump administration.

Camelot has been extended until July 8th but I suggest you get your tickets now before they sell out.


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