The Peninsula Fine Arts Center's (Pfac) Art After 5 will feature live music by Gina Dalmas and the Cow Tippin' Playboys, live poetry readings organized by noted poet Toni Wynn, painting demonstration by artist Brian Murphy, food by Black dog Catering, and more Nov. 18, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Admission is free.
Gina Dalmas and the Cow Tippin' Playboys, a Honky Tonk/Country/Indie Rock band from Norfolk, have been a staple on the Hampton Roads music scene since 2007. Dalmas and the band play covers of classic country standards by legends such as Patsy Cline and Ernest Tubb, as well as original songs.
"A modest woman who plays guitar, sings, and shows great regard for the decencies of behavior, speech, and dress" is how Dalmas describes herself. She was recently named the Winner of Best Americana Music in the 2009 Portfolio Music Awards. The Cow Tippin Playboys are: Greg Wikle, mandolin; Christopher May, bass guitar; and Gabe Baesen, drums.
The evening's literary component was organized by award-winning poet, art educator and author Toni Wynn to spotlight the talents of Shonda Buchanan, Remica L. Bingham and Luisa Ingloria, along with her own poetry. All four poets are noted women of color who explore stories of their past through their work. Wynn says, "Pfac is the perfect venue to combine great art, fresh music, interesting people and strong poetic voices."
Poet Shonda Buchanan, a Sundance Institute fellow, recollects her hometown Kalamazoo, MI, in her work. Biblical tales and family memories are combined in Remica L. Bingham's poetry. Her first book Conversion was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Luisa Igloria's poems describe Filipinos' experiences with colonialism; she has won the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature, the Philippines' top literary prize, eleven times. Wynn's work pays tribute to the Earth. She adds that "All four of us are really looking forward to sharing the mic and bringing our energy to Art After 5."
Artist and Pfac Studio Art School instructor Brian Murphy will demonstrate his technique while painting an Italian scene from a recent trip to Italy where he led a group of local students in a painting workshop.
Art After 5 is sponsored by SunTrust Bank. Free admission is made possible by a grant from the Noland Foundation. Blackdog Catering is the food sponsor, beer and wine is La Bodega Hampton with part of the bar proceeds going to support the Peninsula Fine Arts Center.
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