August 11, 2023 - October 21, 2023

Roy Hargrove:  Habana Album Cover Shoot by Photographer Merri Cyr, 1997

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove (1969-2018) was invited to perform at the 1996 Havana Jazz Festival. Those 11 days in Cuba had a lasting influence on his music and earned him a Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album. Hargrove told Peter Watrous, in a New York Times interview, published Feb. 21, 1996: “I knew there were going to be good musicians here, but I had no idea they were going to be as good as they are. The average American jazz musician can easily get lost in it all. The rhythms here are so deep it’s already left an impression on me; it has definitely changed the way I play.” When he got home, Hargrove formed his band Crisol (melting pot) with four American musicians, two Cubans and two Puerto Ricans. Their 10 performances at Italy’s Umbria Jazz Festival were recorded for the Grammy-winning album “Habana.” (Written by Robin Lloyd for Jazz Caliente Westport Massachusette Merri Cyr met Roy in Cuba in 1997 to photograph him for the “Habana”...

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September 9, 2023 - October 28, 2023

Color Stories: ROYGBV

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 2023 from 12:00 – 3:00pm Color encourages inspiration.  It attracts attention, connects us to emotions or memory.  It can unite a vision or be a symbol.  Juxtaposed colors change our perception, speak together almost as a call and response.  Weavings and textile works can use color to create patterns like those in nature or music.  They can use color to twist or tickle our perception of space.  Woven cloth may be embellished with stitches, customized lace work, or shaped applique.  It may be folded to create multiple dimensions.  It may cast a shadow.  It may whisper a story, or yell one. About the Artists: Laurie Carlson Steger has a background of melting glass in high-fire enameling that influenced her understanding of color, light and depth.  In her weavings, Steger uses color as a pixelation of hues to achieve illusions of dimensional space.  Color field compositions and figurative images take inspiration from musical sources. She...

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November 17, 2023 - December 22, 2023

Meesh and Neal's 'Paint-demic'

During the Pandemic, Michelle Fontaine suggested to her husband, Neal McCarthy, that painting may be a good way to spend lock down. They have yet to stop throwing, dripping, dropping, spinning and pouring acrylic onto canvas in their home studio ever since! For over 30 years, Neal McCarthy has been at the forefront of the regional music scene. Neal doesn’t play the music, he channels it. Join us on November 25, 2023, to see Neal McCarthy Electric Band and Meesh and Neal’s ‘Paint-demic’ for a joint celebration. Neal McCarthy Electric band tickets available...

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November 4, 2023 - December 30, 2023

Presenting: Posters...

Presenting: Posters… celebrates art print posters created by five talented contemporary artists. Screenprints, woodcut prints, letterpress prints and drawings will be featured in this highly anticipated, fan favorite exhibition. Participants include Dave Kloc, Dan McCarthy, Bobby Rosenstock (JustAJar Design Press), Jay Ryan (The Bird Machine) and Mike Tallman (Add Noise Studios). Dave Kloc is home based in Los Angeles, CA. He illustrates posters for bands, comedians’ TV shows and the occasional hockey team. See his work at Dan McCarthy is an artist based in Massachusetts who works predominantly in the medium of screen printing, pen and ink illustration and mixed media painting. He studied drawing and printmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated in 1999 with a focus in screen printing. He has had solo shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Dan’s artwork often focuses on quiet landscapes with a subtle narrative...

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The BayCoast Bank Gallery at the Narrows Center

Thursday – Saturday, Noon – 5:00 p.m.

The Narrows Center strives to expose our community to a wide range of performing and visual art. While our concerts showcase a variety of music genres, our galleries do the same with visual exhibitions. Shows range from student work to museum quality collections. We have exhibited photography, sculpture, illustration, paintings, prints, and mixed media pieces. We have even showcased a Lego exhibit by a nationally known Lego artist!

Many of the shows in the two galleries include artwork which may be purchased by the public, enhancing the lives of attendees well into the future.

Recognizing that arts related activities may be cost prohibitive to many, the Narrows Center provides free admission to the gallery during regular gallery hours. In doing so, the public has access to view spectacular artwork locally. Concertgoers also get to view the artwork on performance nights. Our goal is to expose as many visitors as possible to the beauty and diversity of art. There is something unique and special about viewing art up close. We have created a calm and well-lit space to allow visitors to absorb the depth of talent, skill, and creativity involved with each piece being shared. 

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