Cheryl Wheeler 1/11/20

Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how entertaining a performer she is.

If you’re not already familiar with Cheryl, you have probably heard her music. She is very respected as a songwriter by her peers, which can be seen by how many of them record her songs. Cheryl’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul & Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Bogguss, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O’Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. Continue reading

The Subdudes 12/5/19

Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, The Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures.

The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude and folky social consciousness — not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five musicians. Continue reading

The Music of Michael Troy 11/10/19

Fall River native, Michael Troy, has written amazing songs about his home town, people who have touched him and life itself, in the way he knows best…through his ability to combine his music with storytelling. He would tell you he has lived many lives as a mill worker, fisherman, laborer and carpenter, however he has always come back to his first love, music.

Michael’s family invites you to join them to enjoy live performances by: Johnny BotelhoDurfee Trio (Gary Bigelow, Mary Zema & Izzy Desmaris), Gary FishThatcher HarrisonCharlie Pike Bluegrass BandThe Flying Laureanno BrothersLouis LeemanSteven PellandMaryBeth Soares & Dave PereiraDon White, and Chuck Williams. Continue reading

Marty Stuart is “The Pilgrim” 11/14/19

The Narrows Center for the Arts welcomes country music torchbearer Marty Stuart as he celebrates the twentieth anniversary of his iconic album The Pilgrim. While he’s too gracious to admit it himself, the GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, and musician is living, breathing country music history. Join Marty Stuart as he shares through story and song his remarkable life. Continue reading

Steve Earle (Solo) 10/18/19

Steve Earle, a man who doesn’t mind telling a story, was talking about the first thing Guy Clark ever said to him.

“It was 1974, I was 19 and I had just hitch-hiked from San Antonio to Nashville,” Earle said in mid-Texas-cum-Greenwich Village drawl. “Back then if you wanted to be where the best songwriters were, you had to go to Nashville. There were a couple of places where you could get on stage, play your songs. They let you have two drafts, or pass the hat, but you couldn’t do both.
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Shared Landscapes: Invisible Worlds

Alyn Carlson and Joan Potkay Shared Landscapes: Invisible Worlds is based on similar memory patterns formed in their primal first experiences. The DNA of their childhood memories formed in a moment are carried in their internal landscape throughout their lives.

Not knowing each other well, they began to share initial memories that stimulated their art and therefore Shared Landscapes: Invisible Worlds came about through recognizable similar childhood memories that had been imprinted on them separately.

Alyn’s early exposure to nature is strongly linked to her grandmother’s farm in Maine. Seeing light move over hills, pine trees with indigo edges cooling a stone stoop, soft and settled under her small feet, left impressions on Alyn. She and her grandmother, side by side, were content for wordless observation and absorption of hill, tree, and pond. The view becoming an internal landscape that would grow for a lifetime. A landscape that would find its way out and into paintings.

Alyn’s abstract landscapes begin with a brilliant ground applied to wooden panels. She then builds and layers poppyseed oil paints, oil bars and sometimes pencil over the ground, scraping and removing the paint to create contrasting line to bring form and tension to her landscapes. 

Joan’s memories are early sensations of color and smell of honeysuckle and roses cascading down in a welter to a salt water river pulsing with seaweed and orange umbrella jellyfish. King fishers darting in blue across a cold spring of water, rolls of fog coming in like cotton batting are familial memories of her grandparents cottage /boathouse that have provoked the tactical release of memory into the pouring of paint, the excitement of color, the sensation of texture.

Joan Potkay’s artwork includes painting on canvas, paperworks and printmaking. She works in a downward motion of mark making and pouring of thin layers of luminous paint. The process allows action and movement to weave together the plasticity of the various mediums evoking texture, chaos and the beauty of nature.


Top Middle: New Shoreham Alyn Carlson

Top Right: Storm Stillness Joan Potkay

Bottom Left: New Shoreham 10 Alyn Carlson

Bottom Right: Cloud 8 Joan Potkay