Friday, January 13, 2012

71st Acoustical Jam - Paul Henry's Art Gallery

Paul Henry's Art Gallery had their 71st jam and open table pot luck night last night (1/12/2012)!  The artists and food were great!!  It was our first real snow of the year, which may have turned some people away. I have to give kudos to those who made it, especially the artists.

I also had another task to accomplish, besides having fun.  And that was to use my new/used camera body and new lens . . . and it proved a bit challenging at first.  I had the wrong priority setting at the beginning so I did not have all the photos I was hoping for.  However, I figured it out as I went along and the fun began . . .

I arrived a little late, and when I walked in Adrian Rameriz (left) and Dan Serapin (right) were already jamming.  So I kitted up with my new/used camera body and new lens, and went on to play "shoot'm or loose'm" with the camera.






I walked around the room to look at the new art pieces that came in.  I bought a Celtic piece made by Kim Clanton, and failed to take photos of the set which look great on David Mueller's Facebook page.  The pieces were hand cast from molds created by Kim.



I also found the arcrylic on canvas painting by Eugene Mitchell titled "Smoothin' to the Groove" that I really like, I mean REALLY LIKE.


About two thirds into Adrian's and Dan's set, Melissa Welch kitted up (okay, I've been hanging around too many Brits on Sunday, the lingo is rubbing off) to join them with her sax.



Next up was Thomas Matecki on piano and the lovely sax player, once again, drum roll please, because I think she's great . . . Melissa Welch!  This evening I enjoyed the two of them a bit more.




By now I am settling in with my camera. Can you tell? As you look around this gallery, there are never ending photo ops. You can go crazy, shooting photo after photo, perhaps a million photos, and still not be able to take it all in . . . and that is a good thing.

Next up was Don Taylor.  The more you get to see him, the more you feel like part of the family.



And later in Don's set he was joined by Rich Wotkun.


Again, lots of things going on.  You can either sit and listen to who's up front, or walk around and enjoy . . .


And know, I was not "hitting the bottle" as it were, nor drinking the wine that was brought in . . .


Do you know about, or have you heard, the group Victory Garden?  Artist Michael Finney from the band graced us with his talent.  I would swear as a kid growing up he slept with his guitar and sang in his sleep.  He is that good, that comfortable, in command of his voice and the delightful sound coming from his guitar.  He is that good . . .




For Victory Garden's website, check out www.reverbnation.com/victorygarden.

I still cannot say enough about Lou Shields.  Again, I am not very musically inclined so forgive me here, if I were to attempt to describe what Lou does would be a delta blue grass type mix.  But don't rely on me, because I probably have this all wrong . . . come listen for yourself . . .





And, I need to bring money next time.  I WANT A LOU SHIELDS SHIRT!!!!!  Others were winning them in the raffle . . . not me . . .

If you want to see more of Lou's talent, www.reverbnation.com/loushields.


More miscellaneous photos . . .





Yes, it was cold outside.  These next two photos I took out the windows.  The first facing South, and the other West.  You will have to click on the photo to enlarge in order to see the detail.




Next up . . . Michelle Milan . . .





And next . . . Maureen Garison . . . doing her own music . . .


Next were a couple young guys from Munster, Michael Hanus and Ben Perkins, and their first time at Paul Henry's.  Needless to say they had a lot of energy . . . the photo does not do that justice.  They were followed by their friend Mark McKechnie.



Joey Humphrey was back with his twelve string guitar . . .



And another poet, Scott Fowler, came to share his work . . .


Carl Strain was there . . .


Then came Mike Callahan, who makes some of the guitars for Lou Shields, and was later accompanied vocally by Lou . . .



And, before David kicked us out so he could get some sleep before work the next morning (and admittedly I needed my sleep), Michelle and Melissa were asked to team up and close us out . . .




You can see my other blog entries of Paul Henry's Art Gallery and Thursday night jam by following these links:




Oh, and my new/used camera with new lens also does video . . . so I tried it for the first time.  I thought this was very cool of Melissa to get up front and just do something before we all went home.  She got lost in her groove, and when she came out of it, well, watch the expression on her face at the end!  It's priceless!! (Expand it to full screen so you can see it better.  The original is much more clear.  For whatever reason this blog site reduced the image quality.)

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