Blue Pomegranate, a community art and music center, will kick off it’s third season On April 20th. Located in the Blawenburg Reformed Church’s Cook Hall, all are welcome to visit the exhibit and enjoy the music.
The event provides live music and original art, along with a welcoming and joyful evening. We hope you can join us in building community through the love of music and art. Our visual artists are Andrew Wilkinson, Lauren Johnson, and Kaitlin Deering Kassel.
The music for the evening will start with Dan Kassel, a solo cello player from Hopewell, NJ. Next will be the musical group, The Beagles, who are returning to Blue Pomegranate after a rousingly successful debut in the fall. The Beagles are led by the pulsating rhythmic voice of Lisa Theodore. Bring your dancing shoes.
Blue Pomegranate has a three month spring season (April, May, and June) and a three month fall season (September ,October, and November. It is open to all, free of charge; donations are accepted. Doors open at 7pm. Cook Hall is directly behind the Church. For more information, find us on Facebook under ‘Blue Pomegranate’!
Name: Andrew Wilkinson
Bio: Formally trained in both fine art and media communications, Wilkinson combines both disciplines to create captivating reconstructions of everyday objects into works of art that challenge even the most devoted perception. Iconic cultural imagery is gently riled up to encourage a reevaluation of nostalgia and settled perceptions. Of his work, Wilkinson cites, “The artist is the custodian of identifying what is current and exploiting the content into another accessible medium. I aim to constantly exploit the aspect of accessibility.”
Name: Lauren Johnson
Lauren Johnson is a writer and artist currently based in Lambertville, NJ. She graduated from Bard College where she studied English and the arts, with a focus on short stories and illustration. Instead of notes in high school, she passed little illustrated books with a staple for their spine. Her preferred method of currency is humor, and she describes her work as being “as dull as funny can buy.”
Name:Kaitlin Deering Kassel
Bio: Referencing elements of nature in my work, I strive to evoke a gut reaction from the viewer. I leave the tangible for an alternate reality and perceive the world in a spiritual sense. Natural elements such as tornadoes, major storm systems, and environmental fluctuations have always been a large source of inspiration in my work. I am interested in the natural breakdown of matter and the cycle of birth and death. I’ve been influenced by the rigors and joys of my travels and life experience; a year of personal discovery spent hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and backpacking throughout Southeast Asia as well as my childhood in the fierce, changeable climate of Oklahoma
Emotionally provocative and layered in symphonic warmth, Dan Kassel’s solo cello music brings this classical instrument to new heights. Using an acoustic cello, a Boss RC-50 looping station and minimal effects, Dan bridges the gaps between Klezmer and Irish folk, Indian classical and down-tempo electronic music, levity and suspense. His ability to use technology to loop and layer his instrument into expansive tapestries of sound is impressive, but the element that really stands out is the cello’s deep and moving resonance. With his third solo album complete, his sound is more rich and nuanced than ever, and he delights in sharing his soulful compositions with those looking for something fresh and meaningful.
Musical guest The Beagles are a fun-loving Mercer/Bucks County sextet that play power pop, rock and soul originals and cover tunes dating from the early 60s through today. If it’s catchy, they love it. When they play covers, they give their own spin to songs you will know. When they play originals, they strive to make them as infectious as the covers. Come on out and don’t miss their spectacular show!