The Main Street Jukebox in Stroudsburg, PA held an Opening Reception for a show entitled, “The Art of Nara Strete” on Saturday January 2nd featuring, well, the Art of Nara Strete. The band Calamity Menagerie performed as Nara’s musical guest of whom she painted a portrait of during the reception as assisted by Chris Francz. The animated aspects of the music and art offered upon the walls complimented each other to they point of enhancing the entire experience of the reception.
The work of Nara Strete consists of numerous line drawings along with a few painted pieces most depicting some cartoon like images ranging from the humorous to those offering deeper insights to the human condition. The music presented by Calamity Menagerie band member Jay Mazeffect, Mrs. Tink, Scruff Cardinale, and J-Dawg was a nice eclectic mix of several styles played on an interesting selection of instruments including an accordion. However, the highlight of the reception was the opportunity of watching Nara Strete at work while she and Chris Francz painted a portrait of Calamity Menagerie as they played.
The Exhibition will continue until February 4th. The next open reception for an exhibition featuring the work of Chris Francz along with musical guest Keith Leslie will be Saturday February 6th beginning at 6pm. Please Contact The Main Street Jukebox at 570-424-2246 for more information. You’ll find more photographs in The Forwardian Arts Society Visual Arts 2010 Gallery at www.myspace.com/forwardian_arts.
Websites of those mentioned in this article are The Main Street Jukebox at www.myspace.com/mainstjukebox, Nara Strete at www.myspace.com/hondurastoxicdogstar, Calamity Menagerie at www.myspace.com/calamitymenagerie, Chris Francz at www.chrisfrancz.com, and Keith Leslie at www.myspace.com/thebusinessfairy.