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NEW ART SHOW IS ADDED 'ALTERNATIVE' ATTRACTION

Dec. 12, 2001 – Phil Robinson was fiddling around with keyboardist "Sunshine" Sally Smith at last weekend's Friday Night Alternative at American Yacht Harbor, and the audience loved it. Who'll sit in with house musician Smith or do their own mini-gig this weekend could be just about anybody among a host of popular performance artists who've taken to stopping by in recent weeks.
Or an FNA newcomer. You never know, but the venue has quite a track record for attracting talent — and that's part of the fun.
Amid all the music of late, in fact, the original intent of the get-togethers — to attract after-hours visitors to The Color of Joy art gallery and boutique — may have gotten short shrift. But owner Corinne Van Rensselaer is bringing it back to the forefront this weekend with a new exhibition on the gallery walls of black and white photography by Alan Klein.
According to Van Rensselaer, Klein — who'll be on hand Friday night — feels that three factors make for a successful photograph: subject matter, composition and technical execution. "Emotional feelings should guide the choice of a subject, and St. Thomas is a wonderful place for his favorites — rocks, sea, sky," she says. "He tries to interpret them in terms of compositional forms, rather than a realistic view."
Klein believes that black-and-white photography is best suited for this, as it forces the photographer to rely on composition as the most important part of impact, she adds. He develops and makes silver prints of all his work, tempering technical execution with "great care and compassion."
At least one other visual artist will be on hand, Friday — another black-and-white photographer, in fact: Greg Miller, whose work adorns the new FNA T-shirt, unveiled last weekend. The shirts feature a "mostly music art" drawing of jazz musicians by Madeleine Meehan on the front and a silhouette of two musicians from a photograph by Miller on the back. The shirts are available in white printed on black or black on white and they sell for $15, with proceeds to support continued Friday Night Alternative programming.
Meehan's swirly style is a much about mood and energy as a documentation of musicianship. Is the saxophonist in the foreground Rusty Vellek or Joe Ramsay? Best way to find out would be to ask her next time she's on the Marlin deck drawing away. (Don't ever call what she does sketching.)
Meantime, a new series of FNA/Color of Joy raffles of artwork has just begun — another innovation to generate funding to help cover FNA expenses. A matted and framed offset lithographic print of a Van Rensselaer painting, "Opera Pink" (the name of a hibiscus), is December's offering. Works by other artists will be offered in months to come. Tickets are $5, and the drawing will be held the last Friday of the month.
For this weekend's gathering, American Yacht Harbor is contributing champagne, and Red Hook Video is supplying a video — "Cats & Dogs" — to entertain the youngsters (and any adults who are so inclined).
As usual, there also will be complimentary wine, cheese and crackers. And, of course, the music. It's all from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, on the deck just outside The Color of Joy, overlooking the American Yacht Harbor docks. To learn more, call 775-4020.

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Dec. 12, 2001 - Phil Robinson was fiddling around with keyboardist "Sunshine" Sally Smith at last weekend's Friday Night Alternative at American Yacht Harbor, and the audience loved it. Who'll sit in with house musician Smith or do their own mini-gig this weekend could be just about anybody among a host of popular performance artists who've taken to stopping by in recent weeks.
Or an FNA newcomer. You never know, but the venue has quite a track record for attracting talent -- and that's part of the fun.
Amid all the music of late, in fact, the original intent of the get-togethers -- to attract after-hours visitors to The Color of Joy art gallery and boutique -- may have gotten short shrift. But owner Corinne Van Rensselaer is bringing it back to the forefront this weekend with a new exhibition on the gallery walls of black and white photography by Alan Klein.
According to Van Rensselaer, Klein -- who'll be on hand Friday night -- feels that three factors make for a successful photograph: subject matter, composition and technical execution. "Emotional feelings should guide the choice of a subject, and St. Thomas is a wonderful place for his favorites -- rocks, sea, sky," she says. "He tries to interpret them in terms of compositional forms, rather than a realistic view."
Klein believes that black-and-white photography is best suited for this, as it forces the photographer to rely on composition as the most important part of impact, she adds. He develops and makes silver prints of all his work, tempering technical execution with "great care and compassion."
At least one other visual artist will be on hand, Friday -- another black-and-white photographer, in fact: Greg Miller, whose work adorns the new FNA T-shirt, unveiled last weekend. The shirts feature a "mostly music art" drawing of jazz musicians by Madeleine Meehan on the front and a silhouette of two musicians from a photograph by Miller on the back. The shirts are available in white printed on black or black on white and they sell for $15, with proceeds to support continued Friday Night Alternative programming.
Meehan's swirly style is a much about mood and energy as a documentation of musicianship. Is the saxophonist in the foreground Rusty Vellek or Joe Ramsay? Best way to find out would be to ask her next time she's on the Marlin deck drawing away. (Don't ever call what she does sketching.)
Meantime, a new series of FNA/Color of Joy raffles of artwork has just begun -- another innovation to generate funding to help cover FNA expenses. A matted and framed offset lithographic print of a Van Rensselaer painting, "Opera Pink" (the name of a hibiscus), is December's offering. Works by other artists will be offered in months to come. Tickets are $5, and the drawing will be held the last Friday of the month.
For this weekend's gathering, American Yacht Harbor is contributing champagne, and Red Hook Video is supplying a video -- "Cats & Dogs" -- to entertain the youngsters (and any adults who are so inclined).
As usual, there also will be complimentary wine, cheese and crackers. And, of course, the music. It's all from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, on the deck just outside The Color of Joy, overlooking the American Yacht Harbor docks. To learn more, call 775-4020.