Tucson musicians join Tucson Rocks with a visual art exhibition

November 4, 2011

The Tucson Pima Arts Council will present an exhibition of artwork by artists whose primary occupation is music.

The exhibition titled “Vinyl to Canvas” will include artwork by seven Tucson musicians who are also visual artists. 

The show will be on display in the lobby and adjacent conference room of the historic Pioneer Building at 100 North Stone Ave. from Nov. 7 through Dec. 23.  An opening reception with musical performances will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 

The TPAC show was inspired by the Tucson Museum of Art’s current photographic exhibition “Who Shot Rock and Roll.” The artists featured are: 

– Howe Gelb, winner of a 2010 MOCA Genius Award, has been producing music in Tucson for many years as Howe Gelb or Giant Sand.  Less known are his abilities as a visual artist. 

– Al Perry, another Tucson musical legend, is also an illustrator. In a recent solo art show, he sold out a series of watercolor paintings and drawings. 

– Gabriel Sullivan, one of the rising stars of the Tucson music scene, for many years has used his graphic design skills to illustrate posters, flyers and album covers. 

Chris Black, another artist/musician, will release an album later this year in which every song is accompanied with a work of visual art.  His charcoal drawings are as provocative as his musical projects, including “Chamber Lab” and the underground series “Ashes of Love.” 

– Dimitri Manos of Golden Boots and Dr. Dog brings his brush to bear on album covers and flyers for local and national musical projects. 

– Emilie Marchand is Tucson’s own New York art scene. Originally from upstate New York and trained as a photographer, Emilie challenges conventional notions of what it means to be a woman with projects in music, fashion, performance and photography. 

– Tom Walbank, curator of “Vinyl to Canvas,” was trained as a comic artist.  For the past decade, he has married his love of music and visual art in illustrations of blues musicians and blues folklore.

For more information visit the TPAC website at www.tucsonpimaartscouncil.org or call 520 624-0595.