‘’Art : Beat’’, a colorful collaboration by husband and wife team Bruce and Tracy Jones, is inspired in part by ever growing feelings of anxiety amidst the emerging oppression of our society. Bruce and Tracy reflected on past generations who struggled similarly, and gravitated towards Kerouac and his cohorts, attracted by their influences on the progressive moments of the 1960s and 70s.
Bruce’s portrayals of America’s Beat writers and some of their Bebop inspirations are a pertinent reminder for all of us to never take our First Amendment rights for granted, and to pay homage to those men and women who raged against their oppressors while fighting to express themselves. These large scale impressionistic portraits are painted in a limited palette with bold strokes, reminiscent of the Pop Art colors of the mid 20th century. The depictions are nuanced, and expose the subjects’ human imperfection and frailty, while striving to capture the struggles that these writers and musicians endured throughout their lives. The square format was definitively chosen as dramatic irony, for the Beat Generation defines “cool,” and these artists were simply not capable of being “square!” Many of these artists were afflicted by substance abuse and addiction, similar to the epidemic which continues to permeate our present society. Undoubtedly, these writers, artists, and musicians are defined by their genius, and not by their illnesses - similarly, we must not let this present scourge define our friends and neighbors, but rather, encourage creatives to find their voices as well.
Tracy’s large scale collage assemblages also evoke Pop Art characteristics, while correlating with Bruce’s portraits, as the repetitive circles contrast symbolically with the squares. Constructed primarily of donated recycled materials, each is like a miniature abstract painting itself, made of pure pigment, selected to either interact with its surroundings, or assembled as protests. These pieces are made to elicit responses and to force the viewers to look a little deeper at the world around them, to smile a little, and if necessary- to Howl.
The Joneses reside in Exeter, NH where they have enjoyed a life filled with family, friends, and art.
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TEAM FIRST FRIDAY Bandstand Live Music Series is Back in June from 5-7PM Presented by Newburyport Bank
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Saturday, May 18th, 10am - 4pm
Live Music | Artist Vendors | Dance Performance | Local Food Court | Kids Activities
40+ FEATURED ARTISTS / 10+ FOOD VENDORS / 20+ MUSICAL ACTS
Main Stage / Swasey Parkway
10am The Midnight Wrens
12pm Red Tail Hawk
1pm Bitter Pill
2pm Cold Engines
3:30pm Musical Arts Showcase
Singer-Songwriter Tent / Swasey Parkway
10am Amanda McCarthy
11am Green Heron
12pm David Ayscue
1pm David Corson
2pm Artty Francoeur
3pm Tito Mambo
Bandstand / Downtown Center
10am John Irish
11am Dan Walker
12pm Brian Walker
1pm Alan Roux
2pm Rich Amorim
3pm Gabby Martin
4pm Dean Harlem
5pm Todd Hearon
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FEATURED ARTIST VENDORS
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Roosting Place Art & Decor
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Bobby Gahler Photography
Lisa Was Here
New England Prints
TMD Custom Glass and Tile
Blarney Stone Pottery
Dana Nastee live painting
Bruce Jones Fine Art
Hot Cross Puns
Lori Martone Pottery
Let’s Go Children’s Books
Butterflies in Space
Spearhead Art and Designs
H Monique Designs
Crystalline Harlot a Healing Apothecary
Fabrics by Diane
Joseph Cousins Studio Gallery
Evan Cals Glass Art
Mandy Halford Art
Nod to Nana
Erin Marie Creations
Garden Clay Works
David Conley Woodworker, Folk Art
Dani Lee Pottery
Tamara Deonka Artist/Illustrator
Artist Explores the World
Sarah Koff Studio
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Call to ARTISTS !
Click below to download the application to be a featured artist at one of Provident Bank's branches located throughout the greater seacoast area. There is no cost to apply or be featured if chosen.
Saturday, September 22nd in beautiful Swasey Parkway in downtown Exeter, NH, from 10am-4pm.
Live Music | Artist Vendors | Yoga | Dance Performance | Local Food Court | Kids Activities | Cultural Exhibits
Artist, Food, Non-Profit & Business Vendors Can Apply Below
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Artist : $60
Non Profit : $75
Business : $100
Food : $125
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The 2nd Annual Exeter Arts & Music Fest returns to downtown Exeter on Saturday, May 19th from 10am-4pm, with live music, artist vendors, local food, kids activities and cultural exhibits!
The majority of the vendors will be just inside of Swasey Parkway, along with the Draugar Vinlands Viking group and the singer/songwriter tent. The Independence Stage will now be inside of Exeter Town Hall, along with a handful of art vendors, food, and kids activities. There will also be live music outside on the bandstand in the center of town.
The fest is free and open to the public, with a suggested $10 donation for those who are able.
Located in Exeter Town Hall at 9 Front Street directly across from the bandstand
10:00 David A Corson
11:00 The Kenny Brothers Band
12:15 Red Tail Hawk
2:45 Cold Engines
The gazebo located in the center of downtown Exeter
10:00 Elijah Clark Music
11:00 Ollie & Them
12:30 Sofia Lee Davis
1:45 Concrete Constellation
Singer/Songwriter Busker Tent
Located in Swasey Parkway in front of the PEA boat launch
10:00 Lizzie & Peter
11:00 Artty Raynes Francoeur
12:00 Dan Searl
1:00 Kate McDougall
2:00 Elijah Clark Music
3:00 Maurice Wynne
MaggieBlu / Wunder Budder! / Deb Lawrence Wolf / PartyCrow / Color me Happy / Aimée Margolis / Lee Gee Designs / Erin Marie Creations / Nathan Mann Artist / Squirrelcat Designs / Artist Explores the World / Arryn Vogan Pottery / LFOD Apparel / Sterling Vanderhoof / Artful Harper Studios / Wally's Basement: Custom Signs and Frames, Rustic and Reclaimed / Seacoast Roller Derby / H.Monique Designs / The Bent Nail / Willow Road Watercolors / CaterinasCreations / Paul Timmons / Marshall's Magnetic Jewelry / Jim Faber / The Red Eft Custom Hiking Sticks / Joyous Silks / JaneEslingermetalwork&jewelry / AS3M Art & Apparel / Lynn's Fused Glass / Asia Wire Art / Hand Krafted Hides / Deanna Fair Markey aka TheSignChic / EPOCA / MatthewPearsallDesigns
Laney & Lu / Mama Kim's Farm to Table / Enna Chocolate / Cosmic Kettle Corn / Cakes by Elizabeth-NH / El Camino Foods
Don't forget the Festival Kickoff Concert on Friday, May 18th in the center of downtown Exeter with the Bandstand Blues Jam ft Max Sullivan followed up by Midnight Wrens at Exeter Town Hall !!!
Please consider making your $10 donation now:
Dana Nastee of AS3M Art will be at the Exeter Arts & Music Fest "live painting" on May 19th
New England and Boston Music Award winners David Drouin and Cold Engines will be performing at 2:30 on the grounds of the American Independence Museum in Downtown Exeter.
There will be over 30 Artist Vendors at the fest showcasing their original work !
YogaSmith of Exeter will kick off the fest with a free outdoor yoga session at 10am !
Activities for kids of all ages in the parkway !
A taste of the food vendors from the festival !
Exeter-based Viking reenactment group Drauger Vindlands will be set up in Swasey Parkway at the 2nd Annual Exeter Arts & Music Fest.
Download ARTIST applications and information below for:
"Arts.Sustain.Ability" at the 2nd Floor Gallery at Exeter Town Hall, April 24th-29th, 2018.
"Bare : The Nude Now" at FOUNDATION Art Space, May, 2018.