Open Mouth Reading series: Ashley M. Jones and Tina Mozelle Braziel
Looking for single-poem readers!
Join us in welcoming back Ashley M. Jones, who read at our inaugural poetry festival. Ashley will be joined by poet Tina Mozelle Braziel. The two will also present a workshop on Sunday morning.
Ashley M. Jones received an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University. Her debut poetry collection, Magic City Gospel, was published by Hub City Press in January 2017, and it won the silver medal in poetry in the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in many journals and anthologies, including the Academy of American Poets, Tupelo Quarterly, Prelude, Steel Toe Review, The Sun, Poets Respond to Race Anthology, and The Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy. She received a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and a 2015 B-Metro Magazine Fusion Award. Her second collection, dark / / thing, won the 2018 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry from Pleiades Press and is forthcoming in February 2019. She currently lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where she is Second Vice President of the Alabama Writers’ Conclave , founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival, and a faculty member in the Creative Writing Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
Tina Mozelle Braziel won the 2017 Philip Levine Prize for Poetry for her book Known by Salt (Anhinga Press). She is the author of Rooted by Thirst (Porkbelly Press). Her work also appears in The Cincinnati Review, Southern Humanities Review, Tampa Review, and other journals. She has been awarded a fellowship for the Alabama State Council for the Arts and she served as an artist-in-residence at Hot Springs National Park. She directs the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and she and her husband, novelist James Braziel, live and write in a glass cabin that they are building by hand.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Reading at 7:30
March 7th, 2019
April 4th, 2019
Collaborations and Conversations Exhibition ReceptioN
Fenix Gallery announces the opening reception of its latest exhibition, Collaborations and Conversations, First Thursday, March 7 from 5-8pm. The exhibit will run March 7-April 27.
This exhibit showcases the creative collaborations of the Fenix cooperative artists in addition to guest artists and performers as a response to pertinent questions of our time.
“The key to a thriving civilized society is the creation of successful partnerships with effective compassionate communication. Artists are the empathetic vessels of societal energy and lead the way in creating a universal vocabulary of understanding”, stated curator Steven Schneider.
An offering of innovative solutions that seek to circumvent traditional dialogues, Collaborations and Conversations is a must-see exhibit presenting dynamic 3D works as well as thought provoking 2D and mixed media pieces.
Performance: Lela Besom and dancers from her Explorative Dance Workshop will perform “Winter Seeds Awakening” during the opening reception. The performance is based on butoh dance practices and organic movement, as well as personal and collective inner truths of the dancers. Through this performance ritual, dancers will awaken the community space and transform their wintering dreams into a collective offering in collaboration with spring.
Music: As part of the opening reception, singer-songwriter and luthier Bayard Blain will perform on various instruments he has designed and built.
Performance: Thursday March 7th, from 5 to 8 pm.
First Thursday, April 4th, from 5 to 8 pm.
Sonic Images - Rhythm and Blues
Sonic Images is thrilled to present four internationally acclaimed and local musicians in a hard swinging concert of Rhythm and Blues. Bassist, Garrett Jones, Guitarist, Asher Perkins, Latin Percussionist, Fernando Valencia and pianist Jeanine Wagar have teamed up to perform a concert that includes new compositions, jazz standards and hard swinging blues for the last concert of the season for Sonic Images.
Bassist and Arkansas native Garrett Jones has performed for national and international touring acts including “The Official Blues Brothers Revue,” where he worked under the musical direction of Paul Shaffer, as well as Broadway touring productions of “West Side Story,” “Spam-a-Lot,” and “Wicked.”
Fernando Valencia is a native of Colombia and a faculty member at the University of Arkansas in the areas of applied percussion and Latin American Music. Valencia has recorded extensively in Colombia and the U.S. and has participated in Grammy nominated and nationally broadcast recordings in the popular and classical arenas.
Asher Perkins, student of Jake Hertzog, is a young, local, rising star in the music industry. He plays acoustic and electric guitar, electric bass, piano, drums and percussion. His genres include blues, funk, jazz, rock, country and bluegrass.
Jeanine Wagar, former conductor of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra has had a national and international symphonic orchestral conducting career and was a full time Professor of Music at Carleton College, MN and Hofstra University in NY. She received her Doctorate in Orchestra Conducting from Stanford University.
In the Gallery: 7:30, $10
Join Fenix artists Sunday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fenix Gallery, as we draw from a professional model in a group setting. Bring your own supplies and easel, model fee will be split based on attendance. We will begin with short gestural poses moving to longer ones.
If you are interested in attending, please contact us by email. Fenix members may RSVP by contacting Jo Ann Kaminsky.
Every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the gallery.