FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BREWS, BEATS, AND HUES- A Group Art Show at Pasha Coffee and Tea
Opening reception and live performances Friday, July 11 at 8:00.
Featuring work by John Sommerville, Rushelle Frazier, Jason Reeves, Jocelin Yagel, Maggie Martin, and Jared Hartig
This show is a vibrant sample of some of the best underground artists in the Chattanooga area. Working in a wide variety of mediums, this show is near-guaranteed to have something for everyone.
The talent that will be in the room is too abundant to be relegated to wall space alone. Our opening reception on 7/11 will feature some of the best performance acts The Scenic City has to offer. Music by Divine Jazz, Acoustic singer songwriter Alia Holiback, and performance poetry sets by Rushelle Frazier, Genesis Greykid, and Marcus Patrick Ellsworth are sure to satisfy your live entertainment fix. Donations gratefully accepted to support local performers.
Pasha Coffee and Tea is located at 3914 St. Elmo Ave.
Artist and Performer Bios
Marcus Ellsworth is a Chattanooga poet originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. Through his poetry he blends spirituality, politics, and identity into verses that can be fiery calls to action or humorous abstract musings verging on the absurd. He has self published two books of poetry, Harlequin Fires and When The World Was Round, and has been featured on several live albums from the improv jazz band The Undoctored Originals including Life Is Fine and Appalachia Rising. Marcus is the host and organizer of Wide Open Floor, the monthly open mic style variety show at Barking Legs Theater.
Joy Divine has been singing since before she could walk. Growing up surrounded by music and a variety of instruments, classical music was the “soundtrack” of Joy’s childhood, and helped to develop her natural ear. Joy is honored to have had the privilege of singing jazz with Scott Dercks, an extraordinary guitarist and musician, from 2004-2008, playing their hearts out at nearly all of the hottest Minneapolis jazz venues, festivals, and countless private events. Joy now lives in Chattanooga, TN, and performs throughout the region with David James, a well known, local guitarist with a deep and naturally diverse talent. The Divine Jazz Duo have played at The Tivoli Theater, at The Chattanoogan, 2 North Shore, Brix Nouveau, and countless public and private events in Chattanooga. “The simple truth is I love to sing. The power of music is my inspiration. I am a self appointed advocate for keeping music alive in your life, no matter what." - Joy Divine
Genesis Greykid- artist / poet / creative... born in chatt, raised in virginia beach. sometimes, i say things....sometimes, people like it.
From her beginnings as a self taught bluegrass guitarist, Alia has expanded into a one woman multi-instrumentalist powerhouse. Adding piano, mandolin, dulcimer, fiddle, upright bass, ukulele, banjo, and harmonica to her repertoire, she is a natural musician who can play practically any instrument you put in front of her.
Now in her early twenties, Alia continues to pursue her music, playing shows locally in Chattanooga and the surrounding areas. She released her first EP, "Generalized Statements of Observable Facts", in July, 2013.
Rushelle Frazier is an activist, organizer, poet, and visual artist from Worcester, Massachusetts. Born in Queens, NY and raised in Worcester, MA, she has been involved with poetry- page and stage- for the past decade, hosting poetry readings, workshops, other spoken word events with relentless passion. She has self-published seven chapbooks and recorded one poetry CD.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, John Somerville is a photographer currently based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. John attempts to draw the viewer into different perspectives on the reality surrounding them through the bold confrontation of his pieces. Lighting is an important aspect of his photography, enhancing the viewer’s experience of each photograph. These photographs illustrate these qualities of his work.
Maggie Martin is an Iraq War Veteran and an anti-war organizer. She hails from MI and has lived in Decatur, TN for three years
Jared Hartig attended Savannah Collage of Art and Design for animation and continues a family tradition of woodworking and wood turning.
Jocelin Yagel is a Chattanooga based artist working from her shared studio space in the heart of St. Elmo neighborhood. She divides her time between pen and ink drawings and acrylic or oil based paintings. Her work features detail, pattern and story telling.
Jason Reeves was raised in Alabama and holds to the notion that he is a hillbilly for life, even though he graduated with a BFA in painting from a fancy art college.
This has resulted in his art being an exciting mix of surrealist, expressionist, pop/folk art.
Reevesie has been in Chattanooga for a little over ten years, and reckons he'll stick around a few dozen more.