This weekend brings yet another art show to RAW Art Studio with the works of Jesus Correa, Marieke McClendon, Lisa Lamm, Javier Jimenez, other guest artists and myself. Black and White Retirement will feature new works that focus on what can be produced using just blacks, whites and grays.
A few colored pieces will be interspersed among the ink, charcoal, graphite, and otherwise colorless multimedia works, to display the contrast of the featured pieces and accentuate their subtleties.
The polychromatic works will also dilute some of the depressing feelings that tend to conglomerate in gray environments, and, as always, all works will be for sale.
The macabre and occasionally violent movement within some of the artwork has the potential to make unique and rather creepy gifts for the holidays for the friend who likes that sort of thing.
As with all shows at RAW Art, there will be live music and poetry readings. On Friday night, Garret Fleming and Nick Lombardo will perform acoustic whiskey-folk in their show Live and Semi-Conscious, which was a hit at the Irish Rose Sunday, Dec. 7. Saturday night there will be controlled open mic poetry readings, hosted by Cullen Balch, who also hosts the Bizarro Beat Circus at Kryptonite every Wednesday. Controlled means there is a pre-set amount of readers slated for the evening, but Balch will hand over the mic at his own initiative to members of the audience who have a poetic streak.
Black & White Retirement opens Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19 and 20, from 7-10 p.m. both evenings. There is no cost for the event. Information: 964-9767.
RAW Art is at 2500 N. Main St., in the old Atwood building. Parking is available behind Cal-Cars.