Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Talk, talk, talk

For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: Steven Broocks
April 19, 2016                                                                         Executive Director
                                                                                                Coos Art Museum

Art Critique with Leslie Kenneth Price at Coos Art Museum

Coos Bay, OR – On Saturday April 23, 2016 spend part of your morning with artist Leslie Kenneth Price at Coos Art Museum. The event will begin at 10 AM with a walk-through critique of the Expressions West 2016 exhibition for which Price served as the juror. The event will continue with an artist guided tour of his own exhibition Garden Conversation. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

A retired Humboldt State University painting professor, Leslie Kenneth Price uses acrylic paint on wood panels to create layers and transparent planes of color. Price’s work is deeply influenced by Zen Buddhism and by Jazz music.  A practitioner of Zen meditation his work is informed by the impermanence of nature.  Jazz is full of complex rhythms, melodies, and improvisation, one can find the visual equivalent in Price’s work.  He grew up listening to his father play saxophone in a Jazz band, and since early childhood has been influenced by music.  While painting, Price frequently makes artistic decisions in the moment rather than methodically planning each stroke of the brush. “My aim is to make a painting that is dynamic and meditative simultaneously, which is similar to my experience of the source material.”

Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies the historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday.  Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.

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