Thursday, March 20th, 2008 at 12:34 am in Night Owl.
Something is brewing Thursday evening. In two art galleries that sit side-by-side. And it ain’t even the first Friday Art Murmur.
The art show, “JazzMasters,” opens to the public at the Swarm Gallery, (560 Second St.). Marcus Shelby — whose likeness is painted in blue against an old review of a Duke Ellington show — will be on hand for the reception with his quartet and Faye Carol.
Next door at the ProArts Gallery (550 Second St.) comes the artists’ reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for “Jingletown Junction,” a series of photographs, paintings, sculptures, mixed media and even furniture (did I mention live music, too?) revolving around the section of the city between the Fruitvale District and Alameda bridge near 29th Avenue. Legend has it that Jingletown got its’ name in the 1930s from the mostly poor Portuguese mill workers walking the streets in their Zoot Suits with hands in pockets jingling the coins they earned picking cotton. The other story is that the area got the name from the jingling bells worn by dairy cows.
For those that can’t make either event, Shelby be part of an artists panel discussion planned for 6:30 p.m. March 27 at Swarm with “Black Artists in Oakland” co-author Duane Deterville; photographer and musician Kimara Dixon; Oakland Public Conservatory of Music dean and trombonist Angela Wellman (whose portrait also is in the show); and arts columnist Wanda Sabir. Greg Bridges from KCSM and KPFA will moderate.
At ProArts, there will be an artists’ talk 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 5 about the Jingletown show.