• Glimpse Art Exhibit Opening Reception
    First Friday of December is the monthly art walk in Delray Beach. I will be at the art garage for their exhibition. Parking is on the floors above in the garage for $5 or free across the street, if available. Please feel free to walk around town and check out the galleries and shops open and the art on display. Have dinner or drinks at one of the many nearby restaurants. The Christmas tree will be up and lit in the park nearby. At 8pm there will be a blues show at the art garage. If you wish to attend the blues show check out the other meetup event for more info. Enjoy wine, cheese, and art at the opening of our GLIMPSE Exhibition featuring local emerging artists Ingrid Robinson and Bhavna Bhen. The event is free, but please RSVP. ARTIST BIOS: INGRID ROBINSON - After enduring painful personal hardships, including the sudden death of my only child Michelle, my tenacity and perseverance pushed me beyond the veil of depression to discover my new found passion for painting. I continue to prove that no matter what your age, you can find a new, inspiring life after pain. My oil paintings have charm and a sense of innocence that are easy for viewers to connect with. After having moved to Florida, an unknown environment, I set down roots and made my new home one of creativity and comfort. My work has won several awards. I continue to hone my artistic skills. I paint to enhance people's lives through fun, inspiration, creativity, and self-expression. BHAVNA BHEN - Bhavna’s inspirational paintings are only surpassed by her amazing personal triumphs. Her interests in the arts first lead her to Los Angeles as a professional actress/director and dancer/choreographer. Later she realized there was more to life, and left the glitz of Hollywood to open a meditation center in Delray Beach, Florida. Two years later at the age of forty-two, she experienced a major stroke that left her dominant right side completely paralyzed for months. Years of rehabilitation followed and still she is yet to regain complete mobility and use of her right side. Bolstered by the practice of Raja Yoga meditation she will happily tell you that her body had a stroke but that she never did because she never took one moment of sorrow from it. In 2008, the urgency to create overtook her and at fifty-six, with a semi-paralyzed hand, she picked up a paintbrush for the first time and a gifted artist was born. She works in acrylics and mixed media and just as she lived life, likes to try everything. She has great fun experimenting with all mediums and subject matter but her favorite subject is to tell deep stories through faces. All agree there is an intensity to the work, most especially in the eyes. Recognizing the difficulty of surviving on a small disability check and realizing that fine artists rarely make much more, at fifty-eight she enrolled at Full-sail University to earn a graphic design degree. She graduated valedictorian, May 2013 winning the coveted Advanced Achiever Award.

    Arts Garage

    94 NE 2nd Ave · Delray Beach, FL

  • Selwyn Birchwood Band
    First Friday of the month is the art walk in Delray Beach. I will be at the Art Garage for their exhibition opening. For more information please check out our other meetup event. Please feel free to come to Delray Beach and check out the galleries, shops with art, restaurants, Christmas Tree in the park. If after that you want to see the blues come with me to the Art Garage. Parking is above in the garage for $5 or across the street for free, if available. Shows at the Art Garage are popular and tend to sell out so please buy your tickets in advance at the link below. That the Art Garage webpage and you have to click on the link in the left column under DETAILS or scroll to the bottom and click on the Ticket button. Tickets prices range from $30-$40. I'm at table 27. https://artsgarage.org/event/selwyn-birchwood-band/ There are no drinks or food sold at the Art Garage. It is a bring your own venue. People pack coolers and backpacks and bring in meals and drinks. “Selwyn Birchwood electrifies….his icy, Albert Collins-inspired and gravely vocals dominate … Vicious slide and hard-charging guitar attack…The all-original material is stamped with his own imprint….House-rockin’ window rattlers.” –Blues Music Magazine With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. The Wall Street Journal says Birchwood is “a skilled, energetic and original artist…His songwriting is observant, clever and pointed. His voice is smooth; his singing on target. His guitar fluency generates new licks and rhythmic surprises. Expectations have been high for Mr. Birchwood—and he lives up to them.” Birchwood’s meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal, as he continues to set the contemporary blues world on fire. His deep familiarity with blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures, all delivered with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma. With his new album, Pick Your Poison, Birchwood, along with his band—saxophonist Regi Oliver, bassist Huff Wright and drummer Courtney “Big Love” Girlie—takes a major step forward, crafting visionary blues for a new generation of forward-looking fans. Birchwood’s high-octane blues—at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute—are played with passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” young man with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease, his soulful, rocks-and-gravel vocals firing up the crowd. His ability to win over an audience—any audience—is proven night after night on the bandstand. With his warm, magnetic personality, Birchwood is as down-to-earth as his music is fun, thought-provoking and vital. His mission is to spread his music far and wide, to share his joy, to play his heart out, and to push the blues into the future. With Pick Your Poison’s urgent, uncompromising music, Selwyn Birchwood is forging new directions for the blues. The Washington Post calls him a “tough, indelibly modern next generation bluesman.” The Wall Street Journal says he is “fiery and original.” The hard-hitting, cutting-edge songs on Pick Your Poison, along with his incendiary live performances, prove without a doubt his status as the blues’ most sensational young talent. “There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than playing the blues,” he says. “And I try to convey that with every song and with every performance.”

    Arts Garage

    94 NE 2nd Ave · Delray Beach, FL