Modest to Majestic – the essence of the animal spirit

While stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, exhibition curator and artist, Sue Aygarn-Kowalski saw a sticker that read: Anyone who says you can’t buy love, never had a puppy. This exhibition was inspired by that moment. ‘Perhaps, when the eyes of animals look back at us, we realize that we share this space we collectively call home,’ says the artist.

‘Modest to Majestic – the essence of the animal spirit’ will be on exhibition in the Narrows Gallery October 30 – December 18, 2010. Sixteen artists working in acrylic, clay, fiber, glass, mixed media, metal, oil and resin recreate their own relationship with the animal kingdom.

Scott Allan
Margaret Angelo
Sally Dean
Erik Durant
Shane Fero
Chad Frownfelter
Ronnie Gould
Bettyann Lemist
John McQueen
Kyoko Okubo
Sarah Peters
Dianne Reilly
Ann Schunior
Andrea Utravich
Kitty Wales
Delanie Wise

Curated by Sue Aygarn-Kowalski

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 7th 1:00 – 4:00 pm. The public is cordially invited to attend.
Dog on a Barrel
Delanie Wise

Neil Innes

Neil Innes is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, The Bonzo Dog Band, and The Rutles. In the mid-1970s, Neil became closely associated with Monty Python’s Flying Circus, and played a major role in performing and writing songs and sketches for the final series in 1974 (after John Cleese had left). Neil wrote all the songs for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and appeared in the film as a head-bashing monk, the serf crushed by the giant wooden rabbit, and the leader of Sir Robin’s minstrels. He also had a small role in Terry Gilliam’s Jabberwocky, and performed with the Pythons on stage, including at their legendary Hollywood Bowl concert. Because of these long-standing connections, Neil is often referred to as ‘the Seventh Python’.

Kris Delmhorst and Session Americana

Kris is one of the finest contemporary Americana artists on the scene today. She has beautiful voice, writes great songs and is a gifted instrumentalist. Session American is a collaborative of some of the finest Americana musicians in New England. This show will feature both acts separately and together for a great night of music

Duke Robillard

2010 GRAMMY Nomineee for Best Traditional Blues Album for Stomp! The Blues Tonight (2nd nomination in 3 years in this category) 4 Blues Music Award Nominations for 2010 (Album of the Year, Band of the Year, Best Instrumentalist – Guitar and Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year) Four-time Best Blues Guitarist Winner at the Blues Music Awards 2009 Features on Mountain Stage (NPR) & House of Blues Radio Hour Collaborations playing with and/or producing: Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Maria Muldaur, Dr. John, John Hammond; sorely-missed legends such as Jay McShann, Ruth Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rosco Gordon and Long John Baldry, as well as Producer of Joe Louis Walker’s Between a Rock and The Blues which is nominated for Album of the Year as well as Contemporary Blues Album of The Year in the 2010 Blues Music Awards

Luther ‘Guitar Jr.’ Johnson

On his third Telarc release, Talkin’ About Soul, Luther ‘Guitar Junior’ Johnson emerges as the bona fide leader of the West Side guitar style with his unique blend of blues, soul and funk. His incredible guitar riffs and plaintive vocals leave no doubt that this is Johnson’s finest recording to date. After serving his apprenticeship with Muddy Waters and Magic Sam, Luther has developed his own signature style characterized by a strong rhythmic component and deeply moving vocal phrasings. Talkin’ About Soul contains seven original compositions by the heir apparent to the late Magic Sam’s West Side throne.

Ellis Paul

Ellis Paul is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet, and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He is the recipient of thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi-platinum act, Aerosmith. Over the course of fifteen years, Ellis Paul has built a vast catalog of music which weds striking poetic imagery and philosophical introspection with hook-laden melodies.

David Wax Museum

David Wax Museum, ‘one of Boston’s hottest new bands’ (The Boston Globe), fuses exuberant Mexican roots music with homegrown country, folk and rock to create a unique Mexo-Americana sound. With Latin rhythms, call-and-response hollering, accordion pumping and donkey jawbone rattling, they have won over audiences across the country. After making a splash at this year’s Newport Folk Festival, NPR’s All Songs Considered featured their performance as one of the highlights of the festival. They have toured nationally with The Avett Brothers and the Old 97’s and shared the stage with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ben Kweller, The Low Anthem and Nathaniel Rateliff. David Wax Museum receives consistent play on XM Sirius Radio’s Acoustic Coffeehouse; The Boston Globe selected the band’s album Carpenter Bird for its top 10 local albums of 2009; and NPR recently featured them on a segment about Mexico-centric indie rock. A new album produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim, Erin McKeown) will be released in February 2011.

David Johansen

He started his career as lead singer for the New York Dolls moved easily into a successful solo career morphed into Buster Poindexter then a bluesman then back to the Dolls which he is still doing today. David has never had a Personality Crisis. This will be a great night of rock and roll from a legendary and groundbreaking artist.

Jorma Kaukonen

In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been the leading practitioner and teacher of fingerstyle guitar, one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. He was a founding member of two legendary bands, The Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna, a Grammy nominee, a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the most in-demand instructor in the galaxy of stars who teach at the Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp that he and his wife operate in picturesque Southeastern Ohio.