09/30/09 By Karen Hollowell
"Jazz It Up!"
As a celebration of the world soon congregating in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics, fine artist Karen Hollowell and Capones Restaurant and Jazz Club are teaming up to debut "Jazz It Up!", a combined celebration of jazz music and art.
Jazz is an international language that people from all walks of life can understand. As a celebration of the world soon congregating in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics, fine artist Karen Hollowell and Capones Restaurant and Jazz Club are teaming up to debut "Jazz It Up!", a combined celebration of jazz music and art-- featuring a jazz art exhibit and musical showcase throughout the month of February 2010.
"Jazz music has universal appeal. It speaks to everyone across all borders, no matter race or creed. I feel the same way about my work and I try to convey what I feel is the essence of jazz music: its freedom, creativity and movement," says artist Hollowell.
Capones owner and Executive Chef Rick Momsen states, "I’m looking forward to exhibiting Karen’s paintings because our patrons will be able to enjoy great music and her flowing works which truly capture the spirit of jazz."
A serious jazz and blues fan, artist Hollowell says her "Jazz It Up!" exhibition is a natural transition for her after painting many blues portraits. She has previously exhibited her work at The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi (home
of the infamous ‘Crossroads’) and also exhibits in New Orleans, at the The Steve Martin Fine Art Gallery.
Music is my passion. I believe there is a parallel between creating a song and a painting. A song begins with a simple beat or a phrase. A painting begins with a bold stroke. Both artist and musician have to "lay down the bones" or underlying structure of the piece to create its foundation.
Then, artist and musician both work on the layering—textures, depth and colors to me. This is what I am most passionate about. I often choose dark, bold colors
because that’s how the music speaks to me. Just as all the layers and brushstrokes come together to make the painting, all of the phrases, notes and melodies together make the song.
Capones Restaurant and Jazz Club is located in the heart of the vibrant Yaletown district at 1141 Hamilton Street in Vancouver. It features live music seven days a week. For a full listing of upcoming performances and more information on the artist, please visit the websites below.
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