Jazz: Visual Improvisations

Alexandria, VA -Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center will host Jazz: Visual Improvisations, from January 17 through February 28, 2003. Renowned painter Sam Gilliam selected the 35 works inspired by Jazz music and improvisational creative techniques. A reception will be held on Thursday, February 13 from 6-9 PM. As an early Valentine's treat, Sweet Cherie & Friends, a Washington based jazz quartet, will hold an improvisational jam session during the reception. The exhibition, reception, and performance are free of charge and open to the public.

Artist Sam Gilliam chose work by 28 artists from across the United States for the exhibition. His goal was to reflect the rich diversity of jazz music in America and the freedom that improvisational creativity allows. Among his selections are the playful, animated ceramics of New York artist Janice Patrignani, whose Boogie Woogie (shaped like an upright piano) seems to bounce along to a silent rhythm. In contrast, Virginia artist Laura Edwards' Vertical Vibes, Goodbye LH (for Lionel Hampton) embodies the sort of abstract, thoughtful homage found in slow, improvised jazz solos. Gilliam's own work has often drawn upon improvisation, most obviously in his draped, abstract canvases, but also in his more recent sculptural works. Gilliam will select award winners after the exhibition opens on January 17.

The February 13 reception will present an exciting audio component to the exhibition. Members of Sweet Cherie & Friends all regularly play with other jazz ensembles in the area, but they also gather for informal jam sessions on a regular basis. Like the artwork presented, the music they create reflects both individual artistry and a collective history of jazz music. The performance is made possible through the generous cooperation of the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.

Target Gallery is the national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, displaying artwork in all media from artists across the United States and abroad. Located on the ground floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm and other times by appointment.

Image: Anne Delorge, "Guitar Solo" Acrylic on Canvas 24" x 36"

All work in exhibition is for sale. For further information, call Claire Huschle, (Target Gallery Coordinator) 703.838.4565 ext. 4 or email

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