U of G Artists Part of 'Sounds Provocative' Art Auction

April 25, 2012 - News Release

University of Guelph faculty, staff and alumni are among the artists whose work will appear at the Guelph Jazz Festival’s seventh annual “Sounds Provocative Jazz Art Auction” April 29 at Cutten Fields.

Works by some of Canada’s finest emerging, mid-career and established artists will be up for auction, including a painting by Prof. John Kissick, director of the School of Fine Art and Music (SOFAM); a painting by Pat Eaves-Brown, a U of G associate librarian; and two lithographs by fine art professor Will Gorlitz.

“Attending the Guelph Jazz Festival is easily my favourite activity outside of making art in my studio,” Gorlitz said. “Participating in the annual art auction brings my two favourite activities together. It's a perfect arrangement.”

The show will feature works by many U of G alumni, including Phil Irish, Eileen MacArthur, Jessica Masters, Christian McLeod, Linda O’Neill, Pearl van Geest, Don Russell and Annette Twist. Ron Shuebrook, a former SOFAM director, will also take part.

Squeeze BoxUp for bids is the artwork for the 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival poster, a graphite and mixed-media work titled Squeeze Box by Guelph artist Ryan Price.

"I wanted to catch something about music in this image, about its subtlety, its mystery and its ephemeral nature, something of how a song moves through and around you and haunts you when it’s gone,” Price said.

You can preview artworks online or in person at the Red Brick Café in downtown Guelph and at Cutten Fields.

The exhibit’s curator was Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art.

The event will also feature a silent auction of crafts, gift certificates, tickets and gifts from local vendors, and live music.

Tickets are $50 each and are available at the Guelph Jazz Festival office, 123 Woolwich St., 519-763-4952; at Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art, 31 Quebec St., 519-821-9068; and online at EventBrite.

People unable to attend the event can make advance bids or bid by phone. Call 519-763-4952 for details.

The Sounds Provocative Jazz Art Auction is the largest annual fundraiser for the Guelph Jazz Festival, to be held Sept. 5 to 9.

Started in 1994 by U of G English professor Ajay Heble, the festival offers jazz performance and education and is considered among the most visionary musical events in Canada. It has received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for the Arts and the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts administered by the Ontario Arts Council.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or lhunt@uoguelph.ca, or Shiona Mackenzie, Ext. 56982, or shiona@uoguelph.ca.

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