Jazz Art: Music & Painting- "Rehearsing the Gershwin Songbook"
"Rehearsing the Gershwin Songbook" Oil on Canvas 54x72” by Marsha Hammel. Private Collection, UK
Jazz singers and musicians gathered in my studio to present a program of George and Ira Gerswin's songbook to an audience of about fifty people.
While the musicians were rehearsing I was making sketches. The resulting composition represented a collaboration of artists working in the present and the past. "Rehearsing the Gershwin Songbook" is a large oil painting that expresses the idea of the RetroForward Project perfectly. That is, the artistry of the past inspiring the new artistry of the present and the future.
Many thanks to Elise Irby Pratt, Terry Neal, Steve Cohen and Lenore Thom. Great fun; lets do it again!
Bluegrass Art: Painting & Music- "Mountain Souls"
"Mountain Souls" Oil on Canvas 72x72” diptych by Marsha Hammel.
Private Collection, Asheville, NC.
When Tom Godleski, leader of the bluegrass band, Buncombe Turnpike, asked if I would be interested in creating art for the bands' newest CD, I was delighted to say YES!
As the band rehearsed in Tom's handmade barn near West Asheville, I made drawings of the musicians with their guitars, mandolin, fiddle and stand-up bass. The original music that Buncombe Turnpike is known for is true to the traditions of bluegrass yet the lyrics are timely and contemporary; a perfect example of the RetroForward concept (see the above entry on Jazz: Music and Painting).
The resulting painting, a two-panel (diptych) whose title, "Mountain Souls" was named by ten year old Grayson Hackett, has been one of my most enjoyable collaborations to date.
"JAZZ NOLA STYLE" at The Gallery at Flat Rock Flat Rock, North Carolina February 13, 2018
The Gallery at Flat Rock is hosting an Artist Table featuring a new painting by Marsha Hammel with a dinner of New Orleans cuisine created by Chef Todd Malin. The evening includes a talk and demonstration by the artist and a live jazz trio to be named. For more information contact The Gallery at Flat Rock, 2702 A Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731 Info@galleryflatrock.com 828-698-7000
In Progress... A series of large scale paintings of American Jazz giants will be culminated with a triptych inspired by Gershwin's "American in Paris". It will be unveiled at Gallery at Flat Rock in April 2018.
Indie Film Festival Poster
The Spirit of Santa Cruz, by Marsha Hammel.
Early in 2013, I was asked to create an original painting that could be used as a theme image to promote the 2014 Santa Cruz Film Festival."The Spirit of Santa Cruz" evokes the sunny light and playful nature of southern California. I wanted it to call to mind the heyday years of Hollywood in the 1950s. .
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