October's Featured Art - Music and Lyrics!

It's our first group show!  We made a call out for artists to create and show works based on music, and this is the great result! Songs from many different genres(where else would Nicki Minaj be next to Jeff Tweedy next to Kraftwerk?) are gracing the gallery for the month of October. Join us tonight for a reception with the artists from 6-8! More info on our facebook event page!

"The family garden is a special place In sun and shade there I was raised But voices fade away and rooms are rearranged Now I'm the family gardener You need a stethoscope and a good good rake some beer for snails and a rope for snakes a flowerber to fall in as the moonlight breaks when you're the family gardener As I Look down with my two eyes and my two green thumbs I despise all the people who walk on the green green grass I grew with my watered love Now some other son sleeps in the southern wing and someone else's mother sits to paint the pastoral scene My father always said that I would never amount to anything But I'm the family gardener I'm the family gardener"

We also have a bunch of other great ceramics by Rick - and you can also find out more about him at his website

Distant flickering, greener scenery. This weather's bringing it all back again. Great adventures, faces and condensation. I'm going outside to take it all in. You say too late to start, got your heart in a headlock, I don't believe any of it. You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock, You know you're better than this. We're a different pair, do something out of step. Throw a stranger an unexpected smile...with big intention. Still posted at your station. Always on about the day it should have flied. You say too late to start, got your heart in a headlock, I don't believe any of it. You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock, You know you're better than this. Afraid to start, got your heart in a headlock, I don't believe any of it. You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock, You know you're better than this. Been walking, you've been hiding, And you look half dead half the time. Monitoring you, like machines do, You've still got it, I'm just keeping an eye I've been walking, you've been hiding, And you look half dead half the time. Monitoring you, like machines do, You've still got it, I'm just keeping an eye So what, don't care, will not, the end You know you're better than this I'll make you start, got your heart in a headlock, I don't believe any of it. You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock, You know you're better than this. Afraid to start, got your heart in a headlock, I don't believe any of it. You say too late to start, with your heart in a headlock, You know you're better than this.

This is just one in a series that is being shown. Malia isn't just a great artist and designer, she also one of the masterminds behind the birch. Find out more about her at her website!

We started living in an old house My ma gave birth and we were checking it out It was a baby boy So we bought him a toy It was a ray gun And it was 1981 We named him Baby He had a toothache He started crying It sounded like an earthquake It didn't last long Because I stopped it I grabbed a rag doll And stuck some little pins in it Now were a family And were alright now We got money and a little place To fight now We don't know you And we don't owe you But if you see us around I got something else to show you Now its easy when you don't know better You think its sleazy? Then put it in a short letter We keep warm But there's just something wrong when you Just feel like you're the hardest little button To button I had opinions That didn't matter I had a brain That felt like pancake batter I got a backyard With nothing in it Except a stick A dog And a box with something in it The hardest button to button

Ashley is also a brilliant knitter and teaches knitting for us!

"Neon lights Shimmering neon lights And at the fall of night This city’s made of light"

Tabitha is a local photographer and lover of all art forms. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and cat.

"When I grow older I will be stronger They'll call me freedom Just like a waving flag".

From Michelle: "He is a young inner city man shouting through a bullhorn. But in spite of what he is portrayed as, he is actually fighting for peace."

Michelle is a member of Olde Town Art Gallery in Portsmouth.  Find out more about her at her blog!

“Starships were meant to fly Hands up and touch the sky Can’t stop ‘cause we’re so high Let’s do this one more time”

Edie is a local mixed media artist and all around creative soul. She's also a blogger (and youtube host).

From Paula: “Most of my paintings are inspired by music. I listen to one song over and over as I paint. This piece is an expression of the idea that music and lyrics can convey where you are at emotionally but sometimes you just need a wall of sound to drown out the world.”

Paula is a Gloucester self taught painter and mom, painting with emotion rather than technique. You can view more of her work on her Etsy site, where 10% of all proceeds go to Helping Honduras Kids.