Artists join the fun at Concerts On The Common

Artists Corinne Dodge and Michael James Toomy work on a huge canvas brought by fellow artist Jason Williams at Wednesday's Concerts On The Common show.

Artists from the Londonderry area are adding to the fun at Concerts On The Common, which run Wednesday nights throughout the summer. Emerging from a discussion among members of the Londonderry Arts Council, the artists decided to show their work to increase awareness about the arts and to add excitement to the free weekly concerts.

After their show was postponed by previous rains (the concerts move indoors to Matthew Thornton School) the weather finally conspired for a hot, but beautiful summer evening. Artist Jason Williams made things even more interesting, showing up with a massive 79″ x 97″ blank canvas and gallons of paint. Williams invited fellow artists Corinne Dodge and Michael James Toomy to collaborate on a massive abstract work.

The 60s Invasion provided an inspiring backdrop of classic tunes and as the summer solstice arrived at 7:09, the artists dove into the canvas. It was a painterly solstice party! First… deliberate strokes, sweeps and washes of paint. Then, like a jam session inspired, the artists started to fling, splash and pour bright colors onto the canvas. Concert attendees were invited to paint the canvas as well and Jason Williams kept experimenting with methods of applying paints, turning the canvas periodically to get different looks. With smiles all around, a group of teens used their hands in place of paint brushes, dribbling and splattering paint in wild patterns. The “Monster Canvas” continued to come to life.

Concerts On The Common features great music and now, artworks by regional artists through the Londonderry Arts Council.

Artist galleries at Concerts On The Common will continue informally throughout the summer. Artists gather around 6pm, an hour before the show. For more information, visit the following links. Artists that would like to participate in the shows should contact Andy Mack Jr.

Next in the Concerts On The Common Series: Amber Rubarth onstage June 27. The concerts are open to the public and run Wednesdays during the summer, 7pm-8:30pm. Admission is free.

The nearly finished abstract. Artists and concert attendees alike shared in the creation of the huge painting.


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