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Art of Susan Sills, music by ‘Ballast Band’ Friday at Gloucester Arts on Main

Members of the “Ballast Band” are, from left, Charles Records, Matt Williams, Ken Gibson and Frank West.

On Friday, February 7, starting at 6 p.m. Gloucester Arts on Main will celebrate February’s First Friday at the gallery that will feature the pastel artwork of Susan Sills, live music and food.

Sills didn’t “find art” until she was in her twenties when her brother gave her a set of paints, sparking her passion for art and her creativity. She brings this energy to her work, which is also inspired by her willingness to try new things—to become familiar with her medium and explore its nuances of shading of tone and blending. She does not shy away from using vibrant colors, showing a mastery of the techniques necessary to mute and bend them so they represent the delicate tones they can portray. Her work will be on display in the gallery until March 1.

February is “romantic jewelry” month, bringing in even more beautiful art jewelry to the gallery. Several of the artists are exquisite jewelry designers and will be showing their jewelry this month.

What do a lawyer, doctor, scuba diver and civil engineer have in common? Music! That is the professional diversity of the young musicians who make up the “Ballast Band” and, despite these differences, their music has really great harmony. The musicians are Charles Record, civil engineer on electric base; Matt Williams, scuba diver on electric guitar; Ken Gibson, lawyer on drums; and Frank West, doctor on electronic piano/sympathizer.

They are a musical force unto themselves playing and singing many old standards as well as their own compositions. When one adds electronic enhancement to this band, their music takes on a whole new dimension that makes the audience want to do some toe-tapping or singing along.

The band will perform this Friday and a cash bar and food will be available. Admission is free and open to the public.

Gloucester Arts on Main is dedicated to enriching the cultural and economic life of the community through the presentation of art, the performing arts and other events, as well as helping other non-profit organizations in the community. New members are welcomed.

Gloucester Arts on Main invites the public to see the art on display in the gallery from noon-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All the activities at Gloucester Arts on Main are partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, visit Gloucester Arts on Main, 6580-B Main Street, Gloucester or call 804-824-9464.

posted 02.05.2014

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