Local Artists Celebrate Jazz Festival

Wednesday, February 16 2011

Written by Steven Nelson
MOSCOW, Idaho – Jazz enthusiasts attending this year’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival will have the opportunity to explore art displays sharing the festivals theme: Explorations of the Heart. In partnership with the Moscow Arts Commission and the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, area artists will create window displays with local businesses.

The window displays will be in a wide range of media, from traditional water colors to books and glass. The displays will be in place from Feb. 21 through Feb. 28 at the following businesses: Book People, One World Café, Nectar, Mikey’s, Howard Hughes Videos, Sterling Bank, Untamed Art, Cowgirl Chocolates, Copy Court, Gail Byers, the Chamber of Commerce, State Farm Insurance, D A Davidson, the Pullman-Moscow Airport, the 1912 Building, Moscow Co-op, Sisters Brew and the Silos.

In addition to the window displays, five galleries and businesses are hosting showings from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23. Palouse Women Artist will be showing at the Gritman Conference Center, John Wood will be showing at the Prichard Art Gallery, Palouse Watercolor Socius will be showing at Read it Again, Melanie Siebe will be showing at Mix and Idaho Booker’s Dozen 2011 will be at the 3rd Street Gallery.

“The Art Exhibit Openings and the Window Displays will showcase the City of Moscow as a great supporter of the Arts,” said Kathleen Burns, City of Moscow art director.

Newly-appointed jazz festival Executive Director Steven Remington noted that "… being involved in the community, and getting them excited about the festival, is really important to us, both in terms of our identity here in Moscow, and to the vitality of the festival."

Student artists also will show their work on the University of Idaho campus. Ridenbaugh Hall will host the Idaho State High School Show. University of Idaho students' work can be seen at the Lionel Hampton School of Music, the Student Union Building, the Administration Building and Nichols Hall.

The Moscow Art Commission will provide maps of participating businesses so that visitors can take a little art walk between workshops and competitions. Maps will be available at the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and on the University of Idaho campus starting Feb. 22.

For more information about the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest. The festival will take place Feb. 23-26 at the University of Idaho.
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