Thursday night was the opening reception for the new show "Chaos" at the Saccarappa Art Collective Gallery on Main St. in Westbrook, just down the block from my studio. The work in this show is so beautiful, it will knock your socks off, and I am not kidding. Not only that, but the artists are right there and they are such nice people and you get to talk to them while ogling their work, drinking wine, and eating snacky things. I was honored to provide some piano music for the event. I was at first a bit intimidated - what kind of music do you pair with a show featuring abstract art, when you don't have much time to throw it together? I started with some light classical music and then played some jazz standards, but the big hit was Satie's three Gymnopedies and three Gnossiennes. It turns out that stuff is *perfect* for an art show - lean and haunting, angular but subtle, it is the sound of nostalgia and dreams you have not had yet. Two Children's Songs (Nos. 1 & 4) by Chick Corea were also on the right frequency, and the same with Debussy's Reverie.
The show featured work by Michel Droge with guest artists Edwige Charlot, Robert McKibben, Russell Whitten, Fred Michel, and Jody Dube; it also included new works by Saccarappa Art Collective members Tanya Fletcher, Frank Valliere, Melissa Post van der Burg, Andy Curran, Jonathan Eitan, Mary Brooking, and Caren Marie Michel.
And the sweet coda to my evening was that I used the money from my tip jar to buy ice-cream at Catbird Creamery across the street! What flavor, you ask? Furious George: cayenne spiced vanilla ice-cream with caramelized bananas and dark chocolate chips. The best kind of chaos.